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Perceptions of advantages in language learning: What is Beneficial for Acquisition – Motivation or Bilingualism?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study investigates people’s perceptions of the advantages of being bilingual when learning English in Sweden. It also discusses the impact of motivation in language acquisition. Bilingualism, as an advantage in language acquisition has been established from many researchers (Cenoz, 2003; Kroll & Bialystok, 2013; Petitto & Dunbar, 2004; Sorace, 2011), who claim that bilingual children have a different understanding in languages and therefore succeed to learn an additional language. Furthermore, even the advantage of being motivated has been recognised (Dörnyei, 2001). Three different types of motivation are primarily considered; inner, external and social motivation. Moreover, this essay discusses the elevated position of the English language in Swedish society and that this also can be beneficial in language acquisition. According to Valencia and Cenoz (1992) it is both important as well as beneficial to be exposed to the target language. My research indicates that the participants believe that both bilingualism and motivation are of benefit. The data from my empirical research also indicate that people’s perception is that motivation plays an equal role in language acquisition with bilingualism.

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2016.
Keywords [en]
Bilingualism, motivation, inner motivation, external motivation, advantages, English in Swedish society, English, Sweden, language, language acquisition
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-145132OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-145132DiVA, id: diva2:1121675
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Available from: 2017-12-19 Created: 2017-07-12 Last updated: 2017-12-19Bibliographically approved

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