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Schmidt, Gabriele: Motives for Studying German in Australia. Re-examining the Profile and Motivation of German Studies Students in Australian Universities. 190 S. - Frankfurt am Main / Berlin / Bern / Bruxelles / New York / Oxford / Wien: Lang, 2011.
ISBN: 978-3-631-60791-6
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E-Book (PDF). Frankfurt am Main / Berlin / Bern / Bruxelles / New York / Oxford / Wien: Lang. ISBN: 978-3-653-01092-3

The last comprehensive study of the motives for studying German in Australia was conducted in the late 1980s. The main objective of this thesis is not only to fill the gap of recent data but at the same time to analyse the new data in the context of relevant theories of language learning motivation. The data analysis focuses on students' demographic backgrounds, their motivation to learn German, and on their expectations towards course content. Where possible, the new data is compared with former studies in order to investigate what changes have occurred over the last two decades. It will be shown that these changes are primarily a reflection of changes to higher education policies. Overall, the thesis establishes a theoretically informed and data-based platform for curriculum development which will assist German Studies programs in designing their courses for the future.

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List of Tables S. 13
List of Figures S. 15
List of Abbreviations S. 17
 
1.   Introduction S. 19
2.   German Studies in Australian Universities: From its Beginnings to the 21st Century S. 25
3.   A Review of Former Surveys on German Studies Students in Australia and Relevant Models of Language Learning Motivation S. 39
4.   Methodology S. 65
5.   The Profile of Australian German Studies Students S. 77
6.   The Motivation of Australian University Students to Learn German S. 105
7.   The Main Interests of Australian University Students with regard to their German Courses S. 131
8.   Discussion of the Motivation of Australian University Students to Learn German S. 143
9.   Conclusion S. 163
 
Appendices S. 175
Bibliography S. 181