Foreign language speaking competence and self-regulated speaking motivation


FOREIGN LANGUAGE ANNALS, vol.54, no.2, pp.410-428, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/flan.12559
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Index Islamicus, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.410-428
  • Keywords: affect in foreign language speaking, foreign language speaking competence, self-regulated learning, self-regulated motivation, testing foreign language speaking
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


This study investigates the extent to which variables related to self-regulated speaking motivation contributes to the prediction of foreign language speaking competence and explores whether there is a relationship between these two constructs. The data were collected from 84 Turkish university students using self-regulated motivation for improving speaking English as a foreign language scale that comprised four subscales: task value activation, regulation of learning environment, regulation of classroom environment, and regulation of affect. Multiple regression analyses revealed that self-regulated speaking motivation predicts 34% of EFL (English as a foreign language) speaking competence, with a unique contribution of regulation of affect. Pearson correlation coefficient revealed a significant positive correlation between foreign language speaking competence and self-regulated speaking motivation. These findings suggest that self-regulated speaking motivation may be one of the predictors of improved speaking competence. Implications of self-regulated speaking motivation for the development of speaking competence are included.