Motivation in English Learning: A Case Study of an ESP Course in a Thai University


Running an ESP course which requires students to participate actively in the course, the students’ ability to interact with topics a teacher raises in class is important. As a teacher, the researcher had noticed that some students enjoyed the class while some did not. This brought to an investigation to see what caused this phenomenon to happen so as to understand the condition and factors that affect students’ motivation in learning English. Then, more appropriate lessons may likely be focused for further courses. The investigation was done by an open-ended questionnaire with 103 participants who studied an ESP course in a Thai university. Three main questions were studied: (1) Do you like learning English? (Why or why not); (2) How much motivation do you have in learning English? (What are factors encouraging you to learn English); and (3) How much confidence do you have in speaking English? (What are problems affecting your confidence in speaking English?) The results showed that 76.70% of the students like to study English; while 18.45% do not, and 4.85% neither like nor dislike. Most students love learning English because they want to go abroad and use English to communicate. For their motivation scale ranking from 0-10, the average is at 7.15 with the reason on the ability to communicate with foreigners at 31.08%. For problems affecting confidence in speaking English, the low self-esteem in speaking English is highly stated at 34.16%. The average of confidence in speaking English is at 4.85 (out of 10).

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Watcharee Paisart, King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, Thailand

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Conference: ACE2023
Stream: Learning Experiences

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Paisart W. (2024) Motivation in English Learning: A Case Study of an ESP Course in a Thai University ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2023: Official Conference Proceedings
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