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ERIC Number: EJ916254
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1598-1037
Korean Elementary School Students' English Learning Demotivation: A Comparative Survey Study
Kim, Tae-Young
Asia Pacific Education Review, v12 n1 p1-11 Mar 2011
This study explores Korean elementary school students' decreased motivation for English learning by analyzing the questionnaire data obtained from 6,301 students in a large city in South Korea. The students' school grades and their prior experience in private institutes were considered as the major factors behind the decrease in their motivation. There was a statistically significant and consistent decrease in the students' satisfaction with their English learning experience; expectation of ultimate success in English; and intrinsic/extrinsic motivation and integrative/instrumental motivation. Prior experience in attending private institutes had a substantial impact on the students' motivation. Those who attended private institutes ("hakwons") exhibited higher levels of instrumental and intrinsic motivation. However, in terms of other motivational constructs of integrative and extrinsic (parental, academic) motivation, private instruction had a negligible or negative impact. By comparing the results with those of Lamb ("2007"), the present study proposes that Korean students should be made to internalize the beneficial role played by English so that their English learning motivation can be maintained.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Korea