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A Study of Demotivators in Chinese University’s English as a Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
Higher Education Research
Volume 5, Issue 4, August 2020, Pages: 143-153
Received: May 23, 2020; Accepted: Jun. 15, 2020; Published: Jun. 28, 2020
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Guimei Xie, School of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Beijing Wuzi University, Beijing, China
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Demotivation and motivation study among foreign language learning has been salient and meaningful around the world since they influence the result of language performance. Different demotivators were drawn by different researchers coming from different perspectives. The objective of this paper is to investigate and develop demotivating factors in a Chinese foreign language learning context and explore the implications of these factors on future teaching. This study investigated 588 college students from a Beijing municipal university in a survey on demotivating items which influenced their foreign language learning considering their past personal language study experience. The methodology of the study is both qualitative and quantitative. The key findings of the study were that 7 Demotivators were distracted by using SPSS: teacher-related competence factor, learner-level factor, teaching content and material, inadequate school facilities and judgement, grammar-translation teaching method, confuse of purpose of language study, and testing and grading system. All the factors, especially the teacher-related demotivating factor, were identical with most research findings. While students-related factors were prominent factors in the study. This research is valuable for both secondary and high school teachers as it demonstrates students’ demotivating and negative factors in drawing students back in the process of language study and improves pedagogical means and methods by bridging the gap between researchers and educational practitioners. It can also inform educational bureau and families in the society about this current trend and how it could influence the students' foreign language learning process.
Demotivation, Demotivator, Factor, EFL Instruction
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Guimei Xie, A Study of Demotivators in Chinese University’s English as a Foreign Language Teaching and Learning, Higher Education Research. Vol. 5, No. 4, 2020, pp. 143-153. doi: 10.11648/j.her.20200504.15
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