La enseñanza de las lenguas extranjeras en las escuelas secundarias del Reino Unido: Exploración de la motivación de los estudiantes L2 en el East Riding de Yorkshire
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Abstract: This thesis represents a mixed-methods study conducted in the field of foreign language learning motivation. The quantitative investigation involved 393 students from three secondary schools in Hull and the Humberside (North of England), and the follow-up qualitative study consisted of semi-structured interviews carried out among 11 teachers in the same context. The key purpose of this thesis was to investigate the rationales for students’ disaffection with foreign languages in England, which has resulted in the ongoing decline of Modern Foreign Languages uptake at GCSE stage (i.e., beyond the age of 14) over the past two decades. In summary, the results showed an interplay of multiple factors affecting L2 student demotivation, ranging from the student level, the context level, the teacher level and the L2 learning experience level. In particular, the findings revealed that English secondary school student’s motivational profile was mainly characterized by a lack of the instr...