Integrative motivation was found to correlate significantly with sign language proficiency of adult learners at a post-secondary program for deaf students. Instrumental motives, however, were perceived as less important. Higher achievement in ASL was also associated with a positive cultural attitude toward deaf people. Learning of ASL as a second language may be enhanced if instructors design strategies that build upon these cultural and integrative motives and provide rewarding experiences to adult learners.
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American Sign Language and Interpreting Education (NTID)
Lang,et al,'Motivational and attitudinal orientations in learning American Sign Language.'Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. Oxford University Press: Vol 1:1996, pp 137-144
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