Fostering Integrative Motivation among Introductory-Level German Students Through a Language Partners Program
Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German
Many students enroll in language classes with the instrumentally motivated goal of satisfying a requirement. This article argues that instructors can influence students' motivation toward more integrative motivation by helping them make connections with the language community. The 'Language Partner' program established for a small German program has proven to be successful in moving the motivation of beginning German students in the direction of integrative motivation. Regularly-scheduled sessions with German speakers give students an opportunity to experience and manipulate the language in authentic contexts. The results of a survey are presented which point toward the success of the program and confirm the benefits for students.
German instruction, Cedarville University, German language
Shaver, Annis N., "Fostering Integrative Motivation among Introductory-Level German Students Through a Language Partners Program" (2012). English, Literature, and Modern Languages Faculty Publications. 31.