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English-learning motivation among Chinese mature learners: A comparative study of English and non-English majors

Sun, Y., Teo, T.ORCID: 0000-0002-7552-8497 and Wang, T-H (2022) English-learning motivation among Chinese mature learners: A comparative study of English and non-English majors. Behavioral Sciences, 12 (5). Article 135.

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Abstract

This study examined the motivation of Chinese mature students toward learning English. The participants in the study were ten Chinese mature learners, of whom four were English majors and six were non-English majors. Each underwent a semi-structured interview. Their responses were then coded and analyzed based on Matsuzaka-Carreira’s motivation framework. Furthermore, the Keyword Extraction and Link Terms techniques of PolyAnalystTM were used for further analysis. The results showed that English majors tended to be goal-oriented, and non-English majors were more likely to be means-oriented. English majors were identified as having additional integrative motivation. The factors influencing the motivation of English majors were more diverse than those influencing their non-English major counterparts. The obvious distinction between the two groups was their attitude towards the target language and culture. These findings suggest that instruction for adults should be aligned with mature learners’ practical needs and individual characteristics.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Education
Publisher: MDPI
Copyright: © 2022 by the authors
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/64895
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