This article reports on a mixed-method research study into situated motivational conditions available for the English language (L2) pedagogy at a university in Saudi Arabia. The current study evaluated the L2 Learning Experience of the students by focusing on the key contextual factors that included teachers’ pedagogical practices, group dynamics in the classrooms, and English language course. Framed within the interpretive paradigm, the study utilised a structured questionnaire, followed by open-ended interviews with purposefully chosen language learners for data collection. The conceptual framework of the study was based on Dornyei’s (2005, 2009) L2 Motivational Self System – one of the latest socio-dynamic perspectives on L2 motivation. Overall, the results revealed that motivational conditions available on the site for L2 pedagogy were inadequate. The findings of the research emphasised a need for recruitment of professional teachers through a rigorous selection process, and recommended the provision of more in-service teacher training opportunities with a special focus on developing motivational strategies for L2 classrooms. The study also stressed a participatory role for students in planning and pedagogical processes.
The Contextual Motivational Conditions for L2 Pedagogy: A Case Study from the Arabian Gulf.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 42(10).