International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

A Correlation Analysis between Motivation Types and Learning Achievements of TFC English Major Students
Zheng Jianfeng

The tuition-free policy has been implemented in China for more than eight years. AS a special group of college students, they have become the target of research and have been studied in many perspectives. This study attempted to reveal the relationship between students’ motivation type and their learning outcome by means of questionnaire and interview. Students’ TEM 4 test results were also adopted to learn the correlation of motivation and achievements. The results showed that compared with the non-tuition-free counterparts, the tuition-free students did outperform in TEM 4 and there was a positive correlation between their motivation type and learning outcome. Most of the tuition-free students have intrinsically-driven motivation while the non-tuition-free students’ motivations are mostly extrinsically-driven, which could help explain the differences in learning outcome. The findings suggest that the language teachers should try their best to create a learning atmosphere which may stimulate students’ learning interest and intrinsic motivation.

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