Factors Affecting Motivation to Learn English

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FACULTY OF EDUCATION UNIVERSITI TEKNOLOGI MALAYSIA

FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE AMONG CHINESE STUDENTS IN JOHOR BAHRU

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OOI CHOON LEAN MP061113 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY 581225-07-5846

SUPERVISOR ASSOC PROF DR AZIZI HJ YAHAYA

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ABSTRACT

There has been an ongoing debate about the importance of the English language. Employers are lamenting that new graduates these days lack communicative proficiency in English. The purpose of this study is to determine the factors which contribute to English proficiency in Chinese students in Johor Bahru. Investigating the factors that contribute to English proficiency might partially explain the occurrence of underachievement in the learning
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choosing the Social Cognitive Theory As Theoretical Framework 2.4.1 Parents as Socializing Agents 2.4.2 Socializing by Teachers and School Culture 2.4.3 Socializing and Peer Influence 2.5 Other Research Variables 2.5.1 Learning Styles 2.5.1.1 Visual Learning Style 2.5.1.2 Aural Learning Style 2.5.1.3 Verbal Learning Style 2.5 2 Students’ Attitude and Perception 2.6 Conceptual Framework 2.7 Conclusion 36 37 41 43 44 45 45 46 46 46 48 51 23 24 28 28 31 32

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METHODOLOGY 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Research Design 3.3 Research Site 3.4 The Sample Population 3.5 Instrument 3.5.1 The Questionnaire 3.6 Pilot Study 3.6.1 Reliability 52 53 54 55 57 58 61 61

vi 3.6.2 Validity 3.7 Procedure 3.8 Data Analysis 63 64 64

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RESULTS 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Demographic Analysis 4.2.1 Gender 4.2.2 Current English Level 4.2.3 Socio-economic Information 4.2.4 Parental Proficiency in English 4.3 Descriptive Analysis 4.3.1 Objective (i) 4.3 2 Objective (ii) 4.3.3 Objective (iii) 4.3.4 Objective (iv) 4.4 Inferential Analysis 4.4.1 Objective (v) 4.4.2 Objective (vi) 4.4.3 Objective (vii) 4.4.4 Objective (viii) 4.5 Conclusion 70 71 71 72 72 73 75 75 76 83 84 85 86 87 90 93 96

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DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Discussion 5.2.1 The Demography of Respondents 5.2.1.1 Gender 5.2.1.2 English Education 5.2.1.3 Family Income 5.2.1.4 Parents’ Occupation 5.2.1.5 Parents’ Education 5.2.2 Objective (i) 5.2 3 Objective (ii) 97 98 98 98 99 99 100 101 101 102

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