A Comparison of English Learning Motivation between Nursing Students and Non-nursing Students: A Case Study in Taiwan

By Yen-ju Hou.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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Based on some research, Taiwanese nursing students’ English abilities were insufficient, especially for general purpose, communication, and fundamental abilities (Lee, 2004; Lu, Wu, Lee, & Yu, 2009; Wang & Kao, 2010). As English has become the “Lingua Franca”, comparing with their peers, are nursing students, who will stand in the front line of healthcare, highly motivated to learn English and equipped themselves with good English ability? As motivation is the key to learning, the study was conducted to investigate Taiwanese EFL nursing students’ English learning motivation and the effects on their English performance. A total of 2235 students served as subjects, including 744 nursing students (NS) and 1491 non-nursing students (NNS) in a private medical junior college in south Taiwan. Among them, 38% were males and 62% were females. The research instruments included a General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) and the questionnaire of Motivation /Attitude (Gardner, 1985). All available data were processed by Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS). It’s expected that the findings provide some educational implementations of English teaching and learning for medical schools outside of English speaking countries.

Keywords: Nursing Students, Motivation, Attitude, English Learning

International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp.53-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 636.347KB).

Yen-ju Hou

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied English, Shu Zen College of Medicine and Management, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Taiwan

Assistant Professor,Department of Applied English, Shu-Zen College of Medicine and Management,Taiwan. Ed.D of Curriculum and Instruction of La Sierra University, CA, USA.