Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Senior High School Students from Margarita Cortés Educational Institution in Esmeraldas, Ecuador

María F. Saltos Intriago


The present study had as main purpose to determine which types of motivation (Extrinsic or Intrinsic) the students from the First Year of Baccalaureate of Accounting and Informatics specialties, from Margarita Cortés institution, experienced when they learned English as a foreign language. To achieve this purpose, a survey based on the Attitude and Motivation test battery from Gardner was adapted and applied to 58 participants from the mentioned institution. The results of the study showed that the students experienced an extrinsic motivation to learn this language. Also, it must be emphasized that even though the type of motivation most experienced was extrinsic, the intrinsic also obtained a high percentage.


Key Words: motivation; extrinsic; intrinsic; Baccalaureate students

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