Attitude and motivational questionnaires

Parts I—IV of these questionnaires are to a large extent based on Robert Gardner’s Attitude and Motivational Test Battery, but they do not include any questions concerning the language learning context, as these were deemed to be irrelevant for L1 attrition. Part V was developed by Susan Dostert in her 2009 PhD dissertation. The questionnaires are available in a number of languages. There is  a template SPSS file and instructions on how to code the data under Tools for analysis.

You may use these questionnaires in your research, but please include the appropriate references to Gardner’s original paper, Dostert’s disseration and to the study where these were first used. Should you be developing a version of the questionnaire in a different language than the ones provided here, it would be appreciated if you could contact me so that I can include it here for the convenience of others.

We have tried our utmost to keep the questions and their numbering consistent across languages, but please be careful if you use these materials and the coding template files—it is always possible that there may be very slight discrepancies.

The following versions are available:

English (version Dutch speakers in Canada, constructed by Monika Schmid) pdf

Reference: Schmid, M. S. & Dusseldorp, E. 2010. Quantitative analyses in a multivariate study of language attrition: The impact of extralinguistic factors. Second Language Research 26(1): 125-160.

German (version German speakers in Canada, constructed by Monika S. Schmid) pdf

Reference: Schmid, M. S. & Dusseldorp, E. 2010. Quantitative analyses in a multivariate study of language attrition: The impact of extralinguistic factors. Second Language Research 26(1): 125-160.

Spanish (version Dutch/German Spanish L2 learners, constructed by Teodora Mehotcheva) pdf

Reference: Mehotcheva, T. 2010. After the Fiesta is over: Foreign language attrition of Spanish in Dutch and German Erasmus students. PdD dissertation, Universitat Pompeu Fabra.