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Motivational profiles of simultaneous language learners: A latent profile analysis of English major students in China

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While previous research has focused on second language motivation of learners in Asian contexts such as China, the motivations of multilingual learners have received less attention. This study examined different types of motivations of simultaneous language learners from the perspective of self-determination theory (SDT) using latent profile analysis. Specifically, it aimed to examine learners’ motivational profiles in L2 and L3 and the connections between the profiles. Five hundred and twenty-three English major students from ordinary universities in China participated in the research. Three types of motivation, namely intrinsic motivation, external regulation and amotivation, were measured with respect to L2 (English) and L3 (French or German). Latent profile analysis revealed two L2 motivational profiles and three L3 motivational profiles. Three outcome measures, namely self-perceived competence, language use and emotional experience, were compared across the profiles to illuminate the differences among learners with different profiles. Lastly, latent profile transition analysis was conducted to further explore the associations between L2 and L3 profiles. Specific findings and implications will be discussed in the presentation.

This talk is part of the MEITS Multilingualism Seminars series.

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