Tran Thi Thu Trang

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Motivation is a key factor for the success of learners of a foreign language. Through a questionnaire survey, this paper investigates the motivation of Vietnamese students at the Department of German Language and Culture, University of Languages and International Studies (ULIS), VNU in their German Learning and the influences that impact on their motivation. This study shows that students are highly motivated to learn German. It is also shown that, extrinsic motivation is stronger and more important than intrinsic motivation to the students. Identifying the important role of extrinsic motivation to the students would facilitate teachers and researchers who do research on teaching German to figure out ways to improve the students' learning outcomes.