Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) 2nd Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges January 2022        Pp.437-452

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Investigating the Intrinsic Motivation among Second Language Learners in Using Digital
Learning Platforms during the Covid-19

Zuraina Ali
Centre for Modern Languages, Universiti Malaysia Pahang
Pahang, Malaysia


Received:11/27/2021                       Accepted:1/4/2022                      Published:1/24/2022


The study aims to investigate the intrinsic motivation among L2 in their uses of digital learning platforms during the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular, the central questions in the study are to identify the profiles of intrinsic motivation among L2 learners using digital learning platforms, determine gender differences using digital learning platforms, investigate the difference in motivation according to students’ performances, and describe the perceived enjoyment of using digital learning platforms. The study that used a questionnaire to collect data among 72 engineering students found positive intrinsic motivation utilizing the medium to learn English. However, there was insufficient evidence to show a difference between gender using the digital learning platforms with intrinsic motivation. There was also insufficient evidence to prove that grades are associated with students’ intrinsic motivation when the teacher assigned synchronous or asynchronous classroom tasks. Yet, the present study found that publishing works in Canva and writing posts on LinkedIn were among the students’ most preferred digital learning platforms activities. The study is significant to teachers since it assists them in managing classes and discovering the uses of digital learning platforms for a conducive learning atmosphere during the pandemic. It is recommended that teachers be creative in using digital learning platforms to promote collaborative learning among learners.
Keywords: Covid-19 pandemic,  digital learning platforms, intrinsic motivation, L2 learners

Cite as:  Ali, Z.  (2022). Investigating the Intrinsic Motivation among Second Language Learners in Using Digital Learning Platforms during the Covid-19 Pandemic   Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) 2nd Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges (2) 437-452.


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Received: 11/27/2021
Accepted: 1/4/2022
Published: 1/24/2022

Associate Prof. Dr. Zuraina Ali is a Senior English lecturer at the Centre for Modern Languages in Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP). She has co-authored several English textbooks that are used in the university. She has also contributed to writing academic papers on vocabulary learning and uses of technology in Second Language Learning at tertiary level. Her research interests include Technology-related issues on language teaching, ESL/EFL education especially with beginners in an e-Learning environment, the use of new web-based learning environments to support learning and vocabulary learning among language learners.