Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume.8 Number.1 March, 2017                        Pp.42-54

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 An Exploratory Study on the Relationship between Demotivation and Academic Fields among Chinese EFL Learners

Chili Li
School of Foreign Languages
Hubei University of Technology, China

Ting Zhou
School of Foreign Languages
Inner Mongolia University of Technology, China


The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between demotivation and academic fields among Chinese EFL learners. To this end, a 33-item self-made questionnaire was administered to 128 Chinese tertiary EFL students. The collected data were processed by means of both descriptive and inferential analysis. The results identified eight salient demotivators: Teaching Contents and Teaching ProcessTeacher-related FactorsClassroom Learning Environment and FacilitiesDeficient English Learning AbilitiesLack of Intrinsic InterestUndesired Influences of Important Others, Textbooks and Teaching Materials, and Lack of Effective Learning Strategies. The Independent T-test results showed that English majors were significantly different from the students of International Trade in the following four demotivators: Teacher-related FactorsTeaching Environment and Teaching FacilitiesLack of Intrinsic Interest, and Undesired Influences of Important Others. The findings of this study would be implicative for helping English teachers reduce the negative effect of demotivation in college English class in China and beyond.
Key Words: Academic fields, Chinese EFL learners, demotivation, relationship

Cite as: Li, C. Zhou, T. (2017). An Exploratory Study on the Relationship between Demotivation and Academic Fields among Chinese EFL Learners.
Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).


Chili Li is a lecturer of Applied Linguistics at the School of Foreign Languages, Hubei
University of Technology, China. He obtained his doctorate in Applied Linguistics from School
of English, the University of Liverpool, UK. His research interests include Applied Linguistics
and EAP teaching in the Chinese EFL context.