VietTESOL International Convention, VietTESOL International Convention 2018

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A Survey on Lower Secondary School Students' Motivation to Take Extra Courses in English
Anh Thuy Lan Nguyen

Building: A12
Room: Room 401
Date: 2018-10-12 04:30 PM – 05:00 PM
Last modified: 2018-09-16

Abstract


English is more and more essential in the modern world because this language supports people a lot in their academic career or jobs. For students, English is vital if they want to get scholarships for studying abroad or it is the important factor which provides learners access to gifted schools. Although teaching and learning English are improved a lot in Vietnamese schools, many students find extra courses to help them promoting their English proficiency. I wonder if English teaching now in public school is fit with their needs or not. Hence, I conducted the study with the purpose of finding out what motivates students joining extra English classes. The findings of the study investigate students’ needs as well. Thanks to information on the paper, I could benefit my teaching at the secondary school where I am working now. In this study, a questionnaire and interviews were used to collect data. Findings showed that students’ motivation participating in English extra classes mostly resulted from social impact. Moreover, there is a casual relationship between English teaching at school and students’ motivation to take extra classes. Additionally, the findings of the study also describe factors that attract students in classrooms. Results from questionnaire and findings from interviews can be used as resources of English teaching and learning at lower secondary schools.