How College Students’ Motivation Is Related to Their English Performance on Three Taiwanese Popular Tests

By Mou-Tzu Yang, Yen-ju Hou, Yi-an Hou and Hsueh-yu Cheng.

Published by The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies

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This paper attempts to investigate the relationship between Taiwanese college students’ motivation and their English performance on three Taiwanese popular tests, including College Entrance Exam (CEE), General English Proficiency Test (GEPT), and National English Test in Proficiency for All on the Web (NETPAW). Participants were 36 college freshmen in a private university in south Taiwan. In addition to their English scores from CEE (2011), all subjects took a similar test of GEPT and NETPAW in September the same year, and filled out a questionnaire dealing with their English learning motivation (Gardner, 1985). All available data were processed by SPSS for descriptive and predictive analyses. Findings showed that students’ English scores of CEE, GEPT and NETPAW were strongly correlated to one another, and their motivational intensity was predictable of their GEPT and NETPAW scores. The finding was expected to provide more understanding for English teachers to take students’ individual differences into consideration when designing curriculum, instruction, evaluation, and to help develop favorable English learning behaviors, particularly, motivational intensity.

Keywords: Motivation, English Performance, CEE, GEPT, NETPAW

The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp.37-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 438.067KB).

Mou-Tzu Yang

Associate professor & Vice President, Department of Health Care Management, University of Kang Ning, Tainan, Taiwan

Associate professor and Vice president of University of Kang Ning

Yen-ju Hou

Instructor, Department of Applied English, Shu Zen College of Medicine & Management, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Assistant Professor of Shu Zen Junior College of Medicine and Management, Department of Applied English, Taiwan.

Yi-an Hou

Assistant professor, General Education Center,Kaomei Junior College of Health Care and Management, Kaomei Junior College of Health Care and Management, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Taiwan

Assistant professor of Kaomei Junior College of Healthcare and Management, Taiwan

Hsueh-yu Cheng

Professor, Department of Applied English, Aletheia University, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Professor of Aletheia University, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, Taiwan