A Correlational Study of Language Learning Motivation and Language Learning Strategies of Turkish Preparatory School Students

Aydin F., Şivetoğlu Ö.

Annals of the University of Craiova, vol.15, no.1, pp.7-26, 2014 (Conference Book)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Journal Name: Annals of the University of Craiova
  • Page Numbers: pp.7-26
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


This study aimed at exploring the relationship between Turkish EFL learners’ motivation types and their preferred language learning strategies. The needed data were gathered through the questionnaire, containing three parts; namely, personal data, Motivational Questionnaire (MQ), and Strategy Inventory for Language Learning (SILL). To ascertain whether there exists a relationship between motivation and strategy use, Pearson Correlation Coefficients were run as well as descriptive statistics. The analyses of the results revealed that the participants of the study were found to be more integratively oriented. They also reported to employ meta-cognitive, compensation, and social strategies more frequently than memory, cognitive and affective strategies. Additionally, a strong positive relationship was found between motivation and strategy use. That is, motivation significantly correlates with language learning strategies.