Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Research Student: Ali Alqahtani

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Relationships between Intercultural Contact and L2 Motivation for Undergraduate Saudi Students

Submission Date: November 2014

My study looks at the relationship between ICC and L2 motivation through the lens of ‘L2 Motivational Self System’. The study also investigates whether experience of Intercultural Contact, either directly or indirectly (ICC), of new arrival Saudi students has an impact on how their L2 motivational behaviour progresses during their first year in the UK. 


I graduated from King Saudi University in Saudi Arabia with Bachelor in Translation (English) in 2001. After graduating I worked as an English lecturer in King Abdulaziz Military Academy, and in 2007 I studied for an MA in TESOL in the School of Education at Leeds university.

After completing my MA, I went back to Saudi Arabia for two years. I started my PhD in 2010.

What motivated me to undertake PhD study?

My motivation was twofold:

  • Personal, as I have been dreaming about PhD since I was a little pupil.
  • Academic, as I am a lecturer and pursuing PhD is part of my job.

What makes me passionate about my subject?

I started researching motivation during my MA and I liked the area and found it promising.

What are my plans once I have completed my PhD?

When I finish my studies I will go back to Saudi Arabia and continue researching motivation as well as relevant aspects like identity, social relations and learning behaviour.

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