Factors Influencing Motivation and Demotivation in the EFL Classroom for Taiwanese College Students


Learning a foreign language is not an easy task and sometimes it is overwhelming. Therefore, enhancing learner’s motivation so as to elevate English proficiency has been a critical issue for educators and researchers over the past decades. Learners are motivated differently, and the motivators for English learners nowadays might not be the same as they were ten years ago. Therefore, the main purpose of this study is to examine the motivators for EFL learners in Taiwanese colleges. In addition, factors resulting in demotivation in English learning were investigated as well. A total of 386 non-English majors in two colleges participated in this study. According to the statistical results, it was found that participants’ instrumental and integrative motivations positively influence their English learning motivation. On the other hand, the worry of employability was reported to cause the existence of demotivation. Implications and suggestions are discussed in the study. It is hoped that the findings of this investigation could improve the understandings of English learning motivation and then facilitate students’ English learning process.

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Hsiang-I Chen, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan
Li-Jiuan Tsay, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan
Ling-Hui Hsu, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan
I-Lun Chiang, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan

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Conference: ACEID2023
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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