2011 | 11 | 3 | 37-53
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This article will provide an overview of whether students have positive motivational attitudes towards the use of computers for writing and communication. Firstly, it summarizes the basic theories of motivation and then explains the relationship between language and motivation, and the use of computers and motivation. Then, it aims to explore the aspects of computer use that students find motivating and investigates the differences among these aspects for students having different backgrounds in terms of computer skills. 45 first grade ELT students of Mehmet Akif Ersoy University participated in the study. The data was collected through a questionnaire adapted from Warschauer (1996). The obtained data were analyzed by descriptive statistics, t-tests, Manova and Anova on SPSS. The findings indicated that participants mainly made use of computers for communication, learning, achievement and empowerment. Plus, their personal aspects, except for computer knowledge, related to computers, did not significantly affect the participants’ motivational attitudes towards the use of computers. There were not even significant differences between male and female participants in terms of being motivated to use computers and computer facilities for communication and writing. Finally, having or not having a computer at home was not a decisive factor influencing motivational attitudes of participants.
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