A mixed-methods approach to investigating motivational regulation strategies and writing proficiency in English as a foreign language contexts

Lin Sophie TENG, Rui Eric YUAN, Peijian Paul SUN

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Abstract

This empirical study used a mixed-methods approach to examining the relationship of writing proficiency levels and motivational regulation strategies in English as a foreign language (EFL) contexts. Data were collected from a total of 389 Chinese undergraduates through a writing task and a self-report questionnaire. Among the participants, 30 students from high writing-proficiency (n = 15) and low writing proficiency (n = 15) groups were invited to complete follow-up semi-structured interviews. Quantitative data of this study revealed that high writing-proficiency students reported using more mastery and performance self-talk, interest enhancement, and emotional control than low writing-proficiency students. Likewise, the semi-structured interviews indicated that the high writing-proficiency group demonstrated more maturity and flexibility in deploying some motivational regulation strategies (e.g., interest enhancement and mastery self-talk) while the low writing-proficiency group reported limited understanding and use of these strategies. In addition, knowledge about learning strategies, writing instruction, learning motivation, and academic self-efficacy were major factors affecting the use of motivational regulation strategies between the two proficiency groups. Copyright © 2019 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Article number102182
JournalSystem
Volume88
Early online dateNov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020

Citation

Teng, L. S., Yuan, R. E., & Sun, P. P. (2020). A mixed-methods approach to investigating motivational regulation strategies and writing proficiency in English as a foreign language contexts. System, 88. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2019.102182

Keywords

  • Self-regulated learning
  • Motivational regulation strategies
  • English as a foreign language
  • Writing proficiency

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