Demotivation: Understanding Resistance to English Language Learning - The Case of Vietnamese Students

Tran Thi Thu Trang and Baldauf Jr., Richard B. (2007) Demotivation: Understanding Resistance to English Language Learning - The Case of Vietnamese Students. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 4 1: 79-105.

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Author Tran Thi Thu Trang
Baldauf Jr., Richard B.
Title Demotivation: Understanding Resistance to English Language Learning - The Case of Vietnamese Students
Journal name The Journal of Asia TEFL
ISSN 1738-3102
Publication date 2007-06-16
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Volume 4
Issue 1
Start page 79
End page 105
Subject 330000 Education
420000 Language and Culture
Abstract Demotivation in English language learning was investigated, using Vietnam as a case study, with three main foci: (i) the reasons (i.e., the demotives) underlying demotivation; (ii) the degree of influence of different demotives; and (iii) students’ experiences in overcoming demotivation. Using stimulated recall essays from 100 university students of their foreign language learning experiences, the findings indicated that demotivation was a significant issue for EFL learning, and a framework for discussing the different sources of demotives was developed. While some categories of demotives occurred more frequent than others, no category appeared to be more or less difficult to overcome. Rather, students’ awareness of the role of English language and their determination to succeed were critical factors in overcoming demotivation.
Keyword Demotivation
Tertiary Education
English Language
Language Learning
University Students
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