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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2013 | Volume: 13 | Issue: 6 | Page No.: 800-809
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2013.800.809
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Different Faces of Demotivation: A Comparative Study on Chinese and Korean College EFL Learners’ Demotivators

Lin Li and Cibo Zhou

Demotivation, as the detrimental forces impeding second language acquisition, has unveiled its diverse appearances to EFL learners worldwide. Based on the reviewing of previous research and a 40-item questionnaire survey, this study investigated 97 Chinese and 101 Korean college EFL learners to reveal the demotivators that degraded subjects’ drive and efficacy in L2 learning. As a result, six demotivators were extracted from Chinese subjects and five from Korean counterparts. By comparing the shared and discrepant demotivators between the two subject groups, some noticeable findings stood out for discussion. Shared by both sides were the diminishing role of teachers, the high attribution of confidence deficiency and the increasing proportion of internal demotivators. Two demotivators were unique to Chinese subjects, including learning strategy deficiency and the negative attitude toward target language/culture. Peer pressure was the only demotivator proper to the Koreans. Consequently, a number of possible inducements were sought to explain the highly culture-specific features of demotivators as shown in this study, involving ethnic philosophy, native culture/language and educational settings. Accompanying the inducements, suggestions were made to minimize demotivation or facilitate remotivation.
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Lin Li and Cibo Zhou, 2013. Different Faces of Demotivation: A Comparative Study on Chinese and Korean College EFL Learners’ Demotivators. Journal of Applied Sciences, 13: 800-809.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2013.800.809






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