Case Study of the Relationship between Motivation and Language Learning Strategies: Arabic Heritage Language Learners and non-heritage Language Learners

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Althowaini, Ebtesam M
Area of Honors:
Applied Linguistics
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Suresh Canagarajah, Thesis Supervisor
  • Celeste S Kinginger, Honors Advisor
  • motivation
  • heritage learners
  • language
  • Arabic
  • non-heritage
  • case study
  • language learning strategies
The present research aims to explore the relationship between motivation and language learning strategies among heritage learners and non-heritage learners of Arabic. The study consisted of four participants, two heritage learners and two non-heritage learns of Arabic. The instruments used in this study are Gardner’s AMBT questionnaire, Oxford’s Language Learning Strategy questionnaire and a background questionnaire. Followed by the questionnaire, is a semi- formal interview. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and descriptive statistics were used to analyze the questionnaires. The findings are that Arabic heritage learners and non-heritage learners have a mixed motivation. Both groups seem to be motivated regardless of which orientation they fall into because both groups fall into both orientations. In addition, motivation has a high correlation with overall strategy use. Based on these results, pedagogical suggestions and implications are offered in the concluding section of the research.