Orientations and Motivations of Learning Foreign Language on the Students of Graduate Program at Syiah Kuala University

  • Rachmat Wahidi Universitas Syiah Kuala
  • Iskandar Abdul Samad Universitas Syiah Kuala
  • Siti Sarah Fitriani Universitas Syiah Kuala
  • Nanda Marlina Abdul Samad IAIN Zawiyah Cot Kala Langsa


Motivation in language learning becomes one of many factors that can influence stu­dents’ learning achievements and strategies. Intrinsic or extrinsic motivation can manipulate those achievements and strategies. Based on general facts, these kinds of motivation vary in each person; thus, it needs a special treatment to keep the motivation alive. In this study, the writer would like to find out the students’ orientations and motivations in learning foreign language. Hence, this study focused on the students, who are learning foreign language, in Graduate Program of English Language and Education at Syiah Kuala University. The data gathered by using questionnaire and then described qualitatively. The result of this study is reported in this article.

Author Biographies

Rachmat Wahidi, Universitas Syiah Kuala

Rachmat Wahidi is a postgraduate student at Syiah Kuala University.

Siti Sarah Fitriani, Universitas Syiah Kuala

Siti Sarah Fitriani was born in Medan, 24 August 1981. She is a lecturer at the English Language Education Department of Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh – Indonesia. She completed her Bachelor degree majoring in English Education at Syiah Kuala University in 2006.  She finished her PhD program at University of New England (UNE), Armidale – Australia. Before taking her PhD candidacy at UNE, she had completed her Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney - Australia. Her research interest is in literacy, language teaching methods and approaches, including the use of genre approach for teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL), especially metacognition, and communicative language teaching generally.  She has taught EFL for more than 7 years at Syiah Kuala University, Aceh, Indonesia. She established a private foundation, Goodman Language Training, where she also teachers of EFL. She has attended and presented at national and international conferences. She is now a reviewer for SiELE and EEJ journal publications. She is also the editor-in-chief for the English Education Journal.

Nanda Marlina Abdul Samad, IAIN Zawiyah Cot Kala Langsa

Nanda Marlina Abdul Samad is a lecturer in English Education department of IAIN Zawiyah Cot Kala Langsa. She completed her master degree in English Education at Universitas Negeri Medan. Now, she is active in attending seminar and conference as well as writing journal articles.