Previous studies have reported that self-efficacy plays an important role as a predictor of learners' motivation and learning. This study seeks to address the following questions: (1) Does self-efficacy influence EFL learners' motivation for e-learning? (2) Does self-efficacy influence EFL learners' online English proficiency test scores? The participants of this study were 60 EFL university students. Their self-efficacy was assessed using Japanese Adaptation of the General Self Efficacy Scale (Ito, Schwarzer, & Jerusalem, 2005). All students took an online English proficiency test (CASEC) and studied with e-learning exercises (Net Academy 2). Results show that EFL students with high self-efficacy achieved higher scores (1) on the e-learning exercises and (2) on the online English proficiency test. It is therefore implied that EFL learners' self-efficacy is crucial for effective online learning.
Michiko Toyama, Bunkyo University, Japan
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