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ERIC Number: EJ905240
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 86
ISSN: ISSN-0023-8333
Willingness to Communicate in English: A Model in the Chinese EFL Classroom Context
Peng, Jian-E; Woodrow, Lindy
Language Learning, v60 n4 p834-876 Dec 2010
This study involves a large-scale investigation of willingness to communicate (WTC) in Chinese English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) classrooms. A hypothesized model integrating WTC in English, communication confidence, motivation, learner beliefs, and classroom environment was tested using structural equation modeling. Validation of the measurements involved exploratory factor analyses on the dataset collected in a pilot study and confirmatory factor analyses in the main study. The results show that classroom environment predicts WTC, communication confidence, learner beliefs, and motivation. Motivation influences WTC indirectly through confidence. The direct effect of learner beliefs on motivation and confidence is identified. The model provides an adequate fit to the data, indicating the potential to draw on individual and contextual variables to account for classroom communication.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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