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I'm not really a big fan of such 'community,' and I'm not really popular among those who belong to the community as well. I don't know, I guess I'm just destined to be a lone wolf or something.;)

Now, some might argue that it's impossible to ascertain the existance of such transition, from 'extrinsic' to 'intrinsic,' claiming that those who have done well are the ones who'd have been highly intrinsically motivated to begin with, and they just haven't realized it. In other words, it's just happened to be 'studying for EPT' or 'belonging to the community' that gets some recognition, but they would've become successful English-language learners no matter what they study for.

Oh well, half of me is playing devil's advocate but the other half is really saying so. I don't deny the efficacy of studying for EPT including TOEIC, but at the same time I doubt it in a highly obssesive claim like - 'Even though I achieved TOEIC 950, I've still kept pushing myself to get 990 for two years doing 400 TOEIC questions every single day!'

Now I'd say it's a colossal waste of 'intrinsic motivation'.

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Aya

Thanks for your comment, J.

I'm privileged to have discussions with you on this kind of topic.
You're quite popular in MY community ;-)

>In other words, it's just happened to be 'studying for EPT' or 'belonging to the community' that accrues some recognition, but they would've become successful English-language learners no matter what they study for.

That is absolutely true. In those cases, the motivation, or the recognition of it, emerges sooner or later regardless of its trigger. At the same time, I think no one would tell what kindles each person to go further in terms of English language learning.
Motivational studies in academia seem to be having a wide range of discussions. BTW, I'm assigned to give a short presentation on one recent motivational study and lead a discussion in SLA class next month! I'll catch you up with it later ;-)

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Language Learning Autobiography 2/2

The only foreign language that I studied besides English is Spanish as a required foreign language course of university. I studied the language only for examinations to earn credits and did not continue Spanish learning after having met the requirements. That was mainly because my focus was constantly on English and any kind of my motivation did not exist in learning other languages. As a positive note on Spanish, I found that the language seemed accessible to Japanese L1 speakers because Spanish and Japanese share a five vowel system and the Spanish spelling system is somewhat predictable for Japanese to pronounce. It is worth considering differences and similarities of your L1 and L2 that you are going to learn to take advantage of crosslinguistic influences and maximize the efficiency of learning. If I were to learn another language, I would definitely choose Spanish.

I launched a career as English teacher in my late twenties and resumed English learning as career development by way of taking English proficiency tests such as STEP Eiken 1st grade, TOEIC, and the like. Some people say that studying for tests is meaningless, but I have another view on that. Aiming high scores on tests can be a catalyst by which learners’ extrinsic motivation turns into intrinsic motivation which will push them beyond achieving target scores. I have seen those who have been through transition of the motivation and I am also being driven by the intrinsic motivation in English learning.

As another good thing about taking standardized tests, I enjoy being in so-called “English learning community”. Thanks to the Internet and related infrastructures, it is easy to find people with similar interests and goals as yours in order to keep yourself committed in language learning. I enjoy interacting with people on Twitter or posting comments on blogs both in L1and L2, which gives me a sense of being an English learning community member. From the viewpoint of social dimensions of L2 learning, the sense of belongingness to community means a lot to individuals, especially adult language learners who are responsible for motivating themselves without someone keeping an eye on. I would like to share my experiences with people who are eager to brush up on their proficiency in any ways and keep obtaining insightful input from them.
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I'm not really a big fan of such 'community,' and I'm not really popular among those who belong to the community as well. I don't know, I guess I'm just destined to be a lone wolf or something.;)

Now, some might argue that it's impossible to ascertain the existance of such transition, from 'extrinsic' to 'intrinsic,' claiming that those who have done well are the ones who'd have been highly intrinsically motivated to begin with, and they just haven't realized it. In other words, it's just happened to be 'studying for EPT' or 'belonging to the community' that gets some recognition, but they would've become successful English-language learners no matter what they study for.

Oh well, half of me is playing devil's advocate but the other half is really saying so. I don't deny the efficacy of studying for EPT including TOEIC, but at the same time I doubt it in a highly obssesive claim like - 'Even though I achieved TOEIC 950, I've still kept pushing myself to get 990 for two years doing 400 TOEIC questions every single day!'

Now I'd say it's a colossal waste of 'intrinsic motivation'.

01

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Aya

Thanks for your comment, J.

I'm privileged to have discussions with you on this kind of topic.
You're quite popular in MY community ;-)

>In other words, it's just happened to be 'studying for EPT' or 'belonging to the community' that accrues some recognition, but they would've become successful English-language learners no matter what they study for.

That is absolutely true. In those cases, the motivation, or the recognition of it, emerges sooner or later regardless of its trigger. At the same time, I think no one would tell what kindles each person to go further in terms of English language learning.
Motivational studies in academia seem to be having a wide range of discussions. BTW, I'm assigned to give a short presentation on one recent motivational study and lead a discussion in SLA class next month! I'll catch you up with it later ;-)

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