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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2014 | Volume: 14 | Issue: 5 | Page No.: 457-465
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2014.457.465
Unveiling the Undercurrent in the Mainstream: Investigating Chinese College EFL Learners’ Demotivation in WebQuests Contexts
Lin Li

Abstract:
Amid the mainstream of acclamation, the ‘dark side’ of integrating Information Communication Technologies (ICT) into English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classroom has been rarely explored. Therefore, this study investigated Chinese college English learners’ demotivation in a WebQuests-based language classroom. By studying 217 Chinese college EFL learners in a 50-item questionnaire survey, together with literature review of both WebQuests and demotivational theory, this essay proved the existence and identified the triggers of demotivation in WebQuests-based EFL contexts. The triggers revealed were Internal Demotivating Factors, Teachers’ Role, Ill-defined Setting and Peer Pressure. Meanwhile, some correlative learner differences, including gender, major and learning experience, had been tested, revealing significant discrepancies and similarities between the different individual variables. In the comparative study of gender difference, the demotivators shared by both genders were The Teacher, Information and References, Course Design and Learner-self, whereas Peers’ Influence for male participants and Inadequate Facilities for females respectively. Accompanying the study, suggestions are provided for college EFL practitioners to reflect on their pedagogy and minimize learners’ demotivation in WebQuests-based EFL contexts.
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Lin Li , 2014. Unveiling the Undercurrent in the Mainstream: Investigating Chinese College EFL Learners’ Demotivation in WebQuests Contexts. Journal of Applied Sciences, 14: 457-465.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2014.457.465

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2014.457.465

 
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