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Developing motivation in ESL learning in the Chinese context


Throssell, P and Zhao, Y, Developing motivation in ESL learning in the Chinese context, Journal of the World Universities Forum, 4, (3) pp. 21-32. ISSN 1835-2030 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Motivation is crucial and imperative in positively achieving language learning goals. Learning English as a second language (ESL) is a demanding and challenging task which often makes Chinese students stressed, anxious and consequently unable to perform well in the English language classroom. Recent research into motivation in language learning has revealed that motivation has considerable benefits to facilitating the learning process as a means of improving studentsí confidence and promoting class participation. A positive motivation enables language learners to become more focused and proficient in learning the use of another language. This paper critically examines the significance of motivation in English language learning in the Chinese context, and argues that increasing motivation can provide learners with significant advantages in improving confidence and enhancing classroom involvement in the language classroom. It is suggested that motivation, through development of a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic factors, can be harnessed for positive student outcomes.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Early childhood education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Throssell, P (Dr Paul Throssell)
UTAS Author:Zhao, Y (Mr Yingjie Zhao)
ID Code:77143
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2012-03-19
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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