Motivation to Learn English: Why Indonesian Adult Learners Join a Community of Interest

  • Nurhapsari Astriningsih Universitas Sanata Dharma
  • Concilianus Laos Mbato Universitas Sanata Dharma

Abstract

The importance of having a mastery of the English language has motivated language students to learn, not only in class, but also through other informal extra-curricular activities. One of these activities is gathering together in communities of interest. Motivation has been proven to have an impact on the success of learners in organizing their language-learning activities. Via Likert-scale questionnaires and semi-structured interviews, this study has examined motivation towards the study of English amongst members of a community of interest in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The participants in this study were 85 English language club members, studying across a number of fields in several Yogyakarta universities. Six participants were then chosen for interview. On the basis of quantitative and qualitative analysis, these learners showed a high level of motivation in all aspects, with slight dominance for intrinsic and instrumental motivation. The research offered implications for further study.

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Published
2019-01-25
How to Cite
ASTRININGSIH, Nurhapsari; MBATO, Concilianus Laos. Motivation to Learn English: Why Indonesian Adult Learners Join a Community of Interest. ANIMA Indonesian Psychological Journal, [S.l.], v. 34, n. 2, jan. 2019. ISSN 2620-5963. Available at: <https://journal.ubaya.ac.id/index.php/jpa/article/view/2202>. Date accessed: 10 july 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.24123/aipj.v34i2.2202.