International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online)

Factors that Motivate High School Students to Continue Studying French in College
Dr. Comfort Pratt

Abstract
This article is part of a large-scale project on the study of French in high school that reports on the students’ decisions to continue studying French or not as they transition to college. An online questionnaire was administered to 220 students studying French, and findings indicated that although 96% of them were planning to attend college, only 46% of them intended to continue studying French in college. A comparison of ranks revealed that the most important factors influencing the students’ decisions to study French in college were extrinsic and affective: the possibility of getting good grades, the possibility of enjoying classroom activities, and clear signs of progress in French. Differences based on gender, ethnicity, year of study, graduation plan, and grade level were also evidenced by means of a descriptive analysis from SPSS.

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