How Motivation Affects Learning English in Saudi Arabia: A Critical Review

  • Abduh Almashy Academic Researcher Newcastle University The United Kingdom


One of the fundamental determinants of the degree to which second language acquisition (SLA)
is successful is the motivation of the language learner. More specifically, the literature indicates
that a directly proportional relationship exists between the level of motivation (demotivation) a
second language learner has and the extent to which they are supported (impeded) from effective
SLA. Students in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are taught the foreign language of English
as an academic subject, and this has caused several researchers to examine what the influencers of
English acquisition among Saudi students are. Taking the findings together, scholars suggest that
a variety of motivational factors are pertinent to consider in all cultural contexts, such as intrinsic,
extrinsic, instrumental, independency, and integrative, and in the KSA context, the English
acquisition primarily takes place owing to extrinsic motivation. Therefore, to promote effective
learning in the KSA in the future, educators should focus on strengthening the extrinsic
motivational factors of language learners.

How to Cite
ALMASHY, Abduh. How Motivation Affects Learning English in Saudi Arabia: A Critical Review. IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities), [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 7, feb. 2018. ISSN 2321-7065. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 17 mar. 2018.