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Music as Motivation for Language-Learning: a Survey of Undergraduate Language Learners

Henry Hinchey and Dr. Tingting Kang, Office of Advising & Co-Curricular Programs, Lafayette College, 311 Scott Hall, 714 S College Dr, Easton, PA 18042

This research is meant to gain insight on the relationship between language learners’ interest in target language music and their motivation for foreign language motivation as well as study habits. There has been extensive research in recent decades on the nature of language learning, the role of the teacher, the role of feedback, language learning strategies, and self-efficacy. Scholars researching the impact of music in foreign language instruction have examined the practical application of music in various settings, including during early development, with adult learners, and in immersion settings. Regarding motivation among language learners, scholars typically distinguish between instrumental/integrative motivation and mastery/performance goal orientation.

This research seeks to examine this form of learner-material interaction on the individual level via a survey identifying trends among learners whose common habits and/or backgrounds may factor into their motivation to study a foreign language. The desired outcome of this research is to better understand the various backgrounds, attitudes and strategies among language learners in order to improve learning strategies and pedagogical approaches, benefitting language educators hoping to effectively incorporate music into their curricula.

The aforementioned survey will be used to gauge university-level language learners’ exposure to music in their target language and describe their use of such material, ranging from heritage exposure to use of target language music as a supplementary activity to formal instruction. Other questions will explore learners’ self-image by quantifying their levels of confidence and anxiety, as exposure to the authentic, native speaker-generated output found in target language music may encourage learners to further interact with their target language while decreasing their levels of anxiety during interactions with native speakers.




Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Henry Hinchey

Institution: Lafayette College

Type: Poster

Subject: Linguistics & World Languages

Status: Approved


Time and Location

Session: Poster 8
Date/Time: Tue 5:00pm-6:00pm
Session Number: 5553