Abstract:Motivation is an important influential factor for English learning. The high motivation is helpful to success in English learning. According to the current curriculum, students’ learning interests, attitudes, feelings and values have been increasingly emphasized. Learning motivation is one of the important parts of the emotional objectives. However, many researches focus on college and Senior Middle School students instead of Junior Middle School students. This paper aims to investigate the influential factors of English learning motivation, investigate and analyze the situation of their English learning motivation. The subjects are 200 of three grades’ students of Jianmin Middle School. Finally, the author will provide several suggestions on heightening Junior Middle School students’ English learning motivation.
The author employed questionnaire, interview and classroom observation to be the instruments. The following findings could be concluded: 1) The effect of intrinsic motivation is greater than extrinsic motivation, especially for Grade Seven. 2) The effect of extrinsic motivation increases gradually from Grade Seven to Grade Eight. 3) There is a significant correlation between intrinsic motivation and self-efficacy and how the students think of English teaching in class.
Keywords: learning motivation; Junior English; affecting factors; suggestions