Journal of Foreign Language Education and Technology

The Factors Affecting Learners

Abstract

Seda Ekiz, Zahitjan Kulmetov

Teachers and researchers have broadly accepted motivation/demotivation as one of the most important elements in foreign language (L2) learning. The present research investigated the role of motivation and factors affecting students’ motivation in teaching/learning English as foreign language. Parental, environmental, and teacher’s attitude-related factors were examined. Participants were 40 first grade students studying in English Language Teaching department. The participants were given a survey which consisted of several statements related with the mentioned factors. The current study showed that there were strategies and behaviours that motivate students but suppress positive attitudes towards English learning. The findings showed that learners were more motivated when their parents supported and encouraged them to learn English. The research also revealed that reinforcing the learner beliefs also motivated students and they were more motivated when they worked with their friends. Furthermore, the findings of this study suggested many behaviors and strategies which motivate learners.

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