The Relationship between Integrative Motivation and Malay Language Achievement among Chinese Private School Students

By Rahil Mahyuddin, HC Teoh, Habibah Elias and Jegak Uli.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The study investigates the relationship of Malay Language achievement to four attitude/motivation variables from Gardner’s socio-educational model: attitudes toward learning situation, motivation, integrative orientation, and instrumental orientation. The socio-educational model of second language acquisition postulates that language learning is a dynamic process in which affective variables influence language achievement. The sample consisted of 318 Grade 10 students in formal classroom settings in Chinese private schools in Kuala Lumpur. The results clearly demonstrated the correlations between language achievement and motivation (Cramers’ V= 0.195) are higher than those between achievement and integrative motivation, attitude towards learning situation, integrative orientation, or instrumental orientation. However, the overall results indicate that the correlations between achievement and those variables are weak. Only integrative motivation and motivation show a significant correlation with the Malay Language. In conclusion, the findings basically confirmed Gardner’s socio-educational model.

Keywords: Relationship, Integrative Motivation, Language Achievement, Chinese Students

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.131-136. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 521.452KB).

Rahil Mahyuddin

Lecturer, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

HC Teoh


Prof. Habibah Elias

Professor, Lecturer in Educational Psychology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Jegak Uli

Assoc. Prof., Department of Professional Development & Continuing Education,, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Jegak Uli is a senior lecturer and an associate professor at the Faculty of Education at the Universiti Putra Malaysia. His research interests focus on topics of quality management, business statistic, organizational learning and management. He is the author of several management books, particularly the management and human resource management and his research article was published in the Journal of International Business Studies. Since 1994, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jegak has received numerous research funding from the Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia for more than a dozen projects.


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