Mi futuro, mi pasión favorita o un camino a la cultura antigua… El significado de las motivaciones en aprendientes de griego moderno como segunda lengua



The study of motivation as an individual variable in language learning has produced an extensive body of contributions in the recent decades in relation to the success in language learners’ performance and to teaching and learning processes. However, the majority of studies have focused on the acquisition and teaching of English in different contexts. In the framework of the LETEGR2 project, the present exploratory and qualitative study seeks to analyze the meanings that learners of Modern Greek as a second language (n=102) associate with Greek and how the relationships of these meanings interact with motivations towards learning this language. The processing and categorization of the participants’ responses by inter‑judge validation and their thematic analysis highlight four main aspects associated with language as (a) instrument, (b) attitude, (c) personal bond and (d) culture. The preliminary results reveal, firstly, positive and very positive attitudes towards the Greek language; secondly, the relationship between learning Greek and other extralinguistic aspects, such as intergenerational links and the role of the historical and cultural legacy of this language.


Additional language, immersion, Greek as a second language, second language acquisition, motivation, LETEGR2.


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Author Biographies

Alberto Rodríguez-Lifante, University of Alicante

Degree in Hispanic Philology, and Minor in Classical Philology and Spanish as a Foreign Language. International Doctor in Applied Linguistics (University of Alicante, UA) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish Philology, General Linguistics and Literary Theory (UA).

Maria Andria, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Dr. Maria Andria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Greek Philology and Linguistics from the University of Athens, Greece and a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition from the University of Barcelona, Spain. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Linguistics of the University of Athens, where she leads the LETEGR2 research project.




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