Enhancement of self-efficacy and interest in learning English of undergraduate students with low English proficiency through a collaborative learning programme

Pui Sze Queenie LAW, Wai Yee Joanne CHUNG, Chi Cheung Lawrence LEUNG, Thomas Kwok Shing WONG

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Abstract

Self-efficacy and interest are two of the essential motivational factors that influence learning. An exploratory study aimed to discover the development of self-efficacy and interest of learning English through participation in a collaborative learning programme had been organised. Five undergraduate students with low proficiency in English participated in this exploratory study. Pre- and post-questionnaire on self-efficacy were collected. After completing 12 English tutoring classes of teaching experience, the five undergraduate students were invited to attend a focus group interview. The verbatim scripts were transcribed and analysed by using content analysis. Three themes have been identified: 1. there were an increase in the sources of self-efficacy to the subjects in learning English, 2. an increase in self-efficacy in the subjects’ English learning, and 3. a greater interest in learning English. Pre- and post- mean scores on the language self-efficacy scale were collected and showed that the mean score was increased by 1.2, 95% CI = 0.027 to 2.13. The subjects’ language self-efficacy scores had increased significantly (t = 3.57, df = 4, p = 0.02). Collaborative learning programme might be an effective approach in enhancing students’ interest in learning English and through the process students could become more self-efficacious in learning English. Copyright © 2015 Science and Education Publishing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1284-1290
JournalAmerican Journal of Educational Research
Volume3
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Citation

Law, Q. P. S., Chung, J. W. Y., Leung, C. C., & Wong, T. K. S. (2015). Enhancement of self-efficacy and interest in learning English of undergraduate students with low English proficiency through a collaborative learning programme. American Journal of Educational Research, 3(10), 1284-1290.

Keywords

  • Self-efficacy
  • Interest in learning English
  • Low proficiency of English
  • Collaborative learning

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