The L2 Motivational Self System among Nepalese College Level Learners of English


  • Santosh Timilsina Kathmandu Model College, TU, Nepal



L2 motivational self-system, Ideal L2 self, the-Ought-to self, L2 learning experience, instrumentality, cultural interest


The main purpose of the study is to validate Dörnyei’s L2 Motivational Self System (2005; 2009) among Nepalese college level learners in a rural district of Nepal named Solukhumbu. In particular, the study aims to find out which among the three dimensions (Ideal L2 self; the- Ought to L2 self; L2 learning experience) of Dörnyei’s L2 motivational self-system impact the learners motivation in learning second language. The study employed 50 survey questions along with six background questions to the data. Correlation analysis of the data provides considerable empirical support for the validity of the L2 motivational self- system and its relevance in Nepalese context, with Ideal L2 self as the strongest predictor among the three dimensions of Dörnyei’s L2 motivational self-system along with some relation to L2 learning experience while comparing Ought to L2 self. However, Instrumentality prevention came to be the strongest contributor to the criterion measure, whereas instrumentality promotion contributes more to the ideal L2 self, highlighting the need to understand the association of English targeting future goals to become successful and to find better job.


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Author Biography

Santosh Timilsina, Kathmandu Model College, TU, Nepal

Santosh Timilsina has been working as a member secretary in IQAC as well as the Director of International Relations in KMC. He also teaches English in the same institution. He completed Master’s Degree in English Literature from TU, Nepal and TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Some Other Languages) from University of Findlay, Ohio, and Agile Project Management from Amberton University, Texas, USA. His areas of interest are teaching pedagogy and student motivation.




How to Cite

Timilsina, S. (2022). The L2 Motivational Self System among Nepalese College Level Learners of English. Interdisciplinary Journal of Innovation in Nepalese Academia, 1(1), 42–49.



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