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EAP101A - Essay 2

Essay 2: What motivates successful language learners?

due at 4pm on Monday Sept. 30

Send me electronic copy (no hard copy) over WeChat. It must be in .doc or .docx format — otherwise I cannot read it.

In a brief essay, attempt to answer this question: Can Robert Gardner and Wallace Lambert’s idea of “integrative motivation” help explain the experiences that Peter Hessler describes in Chapter 3 of River Town?

(Another way to understand this question is: Do Hessler’s experiences learning Chinese support Gardner and Lambert’s theory?)

Use Chapter 3 of River Town and the introduction to Gardner and Lambert’s book Attitudes and Motivation in Second-Language Learning as your main sources. Support your points using evidence from the text. Cite your sources using MLA style.