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Evaluating student motivation and engagement in the Chinese EFL writing context
Shulin Yu1; Nan Zhou1,2; Yao Zheng1; Limin Zhang3; Hongjian Cao2; Xiaomin Li4
Source PublicationStudies in Educational Evaluation

Drawing upon the multifaceted construct of motivation and engagement, this study used the adapted Motivation and Engagement Scale for University/College Students (MES-UC) (Martin, 2007, 2008b, 2012) to examine English-majored undergraduate students’ motivation and engagement in Chinese English as a foreign language (EFL) writing classes. A sample of 1190 students from 35 Chinese universities participated in this study. Results showed that students were generally motivated to write in English and engaged in the second language (L2) writing courses. Individual differences (i.e., gender, grade, region, colleges’ prestige, and colleges’ profession) in L2 writing motivation and engagement also were identified. Three distinct profiles of L2 learners’ motivation and engagement were identified: the “Motivated and engaged”, the “Ambiguously motivated and engaged”, and the “Ambivalently motivated and engaged” L2 writers. The findings shed new light on the nature of Chinese English-majored undergraduates’ motivation and engagement in EFL writing contexts.

KeywordChinese Efl Writing Higher Education L2 Writing Engagement L2 Writing Instruction L2 Writing Motivation Teaching Quality
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research ; Psychology
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research ; Psychology, Educational
WOS IDWOS:000482247700014
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorNan Zhou
Affiliation1.Faculty of Education,University of Macau,,China
2.Faculty of Education,Beijing Normal University,,China
3.School of Education,Guangzhou University,,China
4.Department of Family Studies and Human Development,The University of Arizona,,United States
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Shulin Yu,Nan Zhou,Yao Zheng,et al. Evaluating student motivation and engagement in the Chinese EFL writing context[J]. Studies in Educational Evaluation,2019,62:129-141.
APA Shulin Yu,Nan Zhou,Yao Zheng,Limin Zhang,Hongjian Cao,&Xiaomin Li.(2019).Evaluating student motivation and engagement in the Chinese EFL writing context.Studies in Educational Evaluation,62,129-141.
MLA Shulin Yu,et al."Evaluating student motivation and engagement in the Chinese EFL writing context".Studies in Educational Evaluation 62(2019):129-141.
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