L2 Motivational Trajectories and Study Abroad: Narratives of High School Learners of French
thesisposted on 2023-03-15, 01:34 authored by OLIVIER RAYMOND ELZINGRE
This research examines the experiences and motivation of high school learners of French who participated in a short student exchange program. For most students, positive family attitudes and experiences in early high school supported motivation, despite a challenging transition when the subject became elective. Anticipation of their exchange allowed students to imagine themselves becoming successful speakers of French, increasing motivation. In France, immersive engagement with host families established connections and enhanced self-confidence. The study suggests that the exchange program was a transformational experience, linking academic ambitions and a desire to travel, and boosting motivation before, during and after the program.