1 Islamic Azad University, Ghuchan Branch (IRAN)
2 Islamic Azad University, Damavand Branch (IRAN)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN11 Proceedings
Publication year: 2011
Pages: 78-84
ISBN: 978-84-615-0441-1
ISSN: 2340-1117
Conference name: 3rd International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2011
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Just as there are influences that have a positive effect on motivation, there are also ones with a negative effect. These influences are called demotivating influences. Contrary to positive forces that facilitate in sustaining motivation during action, demotivating forces reduce motivation during action. Since there is a severe lack of research in this regard, the current study is an attempt to identify the major demotivating factors to which students majoring in English translation and literature at Ghuchan Islamic Azad University ascribe their perceived failures in Learning English. The subject participating in this study are university student majoring in translation and literature at Quchan Islamic Azad University. The students are between 1st to 8th semesters. The classes selected are fairly large and mixed. A descriptive approach was chosen for this study. This was done because having both qualitative and quantitative elements present in this particular study seemed to be the best way to approach the topic. A descriptive study often begins with general
questions about the phenomenon studied. The qualitative methods used in this study refer to personal documents. The data obtained from the descriptive analysis was analyzed further by descriptive statistics. Generally taken, descriptive statistics consist of procedures which are used to describe different aspects of the data (Selinger and Shohamy 1989). An open-ended questionnaire will be used be used to gather data as the instrument. Some students are also interviewed randomly to identify their attributions for success and failure.
Individual differences, Demotivation, L2 learning, Perception.