The Korean Association of Language Studies

언어학과 언어교육분야의 연구를 통한 학문의 질적 향상과 국내외 회원 및 학회간 학술 교류와 친목을 도모


pISSN: 1226-9859

언어학연구, Vol.25 no.1 (2020)

Korean university EFL students’ motivation, demotivation, and attitudes toward learning English

Jee, Min Jung

(The University of Queensland )

Byun, Ji-Hyun

(Hannam University)

This study investigated Korean university EFL students’ motivation, attitudes and demotivation in relation to their perceived English proficiency, using 11 variables. A total of 279 EFL students, enrolled in 1st-year English, participated in this study. Overall, the students showed high levels of internal motivations, which are assumed to be stronger motives than instrumental motives, and relatively low levels of demotivation, implying that the participants already have potential to be successful foreign language learners. Affect-related variables showed significant and positiv e correlations with the students’ perceived English proficiency levels and cognition-related variables did not show or had very small impact on the students’ perceived English proficiency. Regression data showed that Ideal L2 self explained about 30% of the perceived English proficiency. Thus, students in this study who had higher levels of internal motivation and more positive attitudes to English speakers and English language learning tended to consider their level of English proficiency to be higher and vice versa.

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