2013, Volume 3, Issue 5, Pages 607-625
The great increase in the number of English language learners in comparison to previous years led the researcher to analyse the motivation of the first year students of the Department of English/Morning study/College of Education/University of Kerbala.
The researcher tackles briefly the status of learning English in Iraq,and then explains the concept of motivation in psychology as well as in the TESOL field in addition to the relation between motivation and learning a second/foreign language.
The students were given a Motivation Test adapted from Gardner's Attitude/Motivation Test Battery (1985) to know whether they are instrumentally or integratively oriented towards English language learning.
The results reveal that there is no lack of motivation among our students .They are motivated both instrumentally and integratively, but
their motivation for integrative purposes is more than of instrumental ones. Some recommendations and suggestions are presented in this research as well.