An NPRM Approach to Study Abroad-Related Motivation and Anxiety

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Dana Lingley, Kansai Gaidai University

This paper describes a project designed to measure the potential for near peer role models (NPRMs) to enhance motivation via online video calls, in terms of enhancing motivation to study abroad and reducing the anxiety associated with such an endeavor. Although the use of NPRMs has garnered much attention for its effectiveness in promoting positive attitudes in relation to English language learning, the primary goal of this project was to measure the effect of NPRMs in altering perceptions and feelings related to studying abroad. By utilizing online video telecommunications software, the participants were shown examples of ideal models engaged in highly desirable activities to highlight the possibility of achieving a similar outcome. The results showed an enhancement in motivation and a reduction in anxiety regarding studying abroad.