Motivation towards studying english for specific purposes among students of medical and healthcare studies

  • Tajana Tomak Faculty of Health Studies
  • Martina Šendula Pavelić Faculty of Health Studies - Department of Public Health, University of Rijeka, Croatia

Abstract

In today’s modern world marked by globalisation there are great demands for global interaction which stresses the need for English language. The aim of this paper is to recognise the importance of students’ motivation towards learning English for Specific Purposes, i.e. Medical English. In order to determine students’ preferred motivational orientation, a total number of 242 students of medical and healthcare professions were involved in the present study. The results of the principal component analysis of the questionnaire survey showed a three-factor solution with Instrumental, Integrative and Personal Motivation as subscales. Cronbach’s alpha coefficients of the subscales indicated high internal consistency. The results indicated that participants in our sample, students of medical and healthcare studies, were more integratively motivated. The participants, who self-assessed their English language knowledge as better, had also greater motivation towards learning the language.

Author Biography

Martina Šendula Pavelić, Faculty of Health Studies - Department of Public Health, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Department of Social Sciences and Medical Humanities
Published
2018-01-03