A Study of Students’ Motivation in English Language Learning of the Students at Sitagu Ketumati Buddhist Academy, Myanmar

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Narada
Veerakarn Kanokkamalade
Nilratana Klinchan

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This study entitled to “A Study of Students’ Motivation in English Language Learning of the Students at Sitagu Ketumati Buddhis Academy, Myanmar” involves two objectives; 1) To study the motivation in English language of the students of Sitagu Ketumati Buddhis Academy, (Taungoo City), Myanmar; 2) To Study the types of motivation in English language of the students of Sitagu Ketumati Buddhis Academy, (Taungoo City), Myanmar. The research method for the study was both qualitative and quantitative research. The sample group of the study was 46 students who are studying Bachelor of Art at Sitagu Ketumati Buddhis Academy selected as the samples for this research tools for this study were the 20 of items questionnaires and 5 question of open-ended interview. Frequency, percentage, mean and standard deviation and content analysis writing method were used for evaluation for the findings of the results.


          The results of study were found follows; The finding results showed that level of integrative motivation is higher than instrumental motivation. Since, the highest mean of Integrative motivation is Mean = 4.45), the participants for agreed with statement number 11 (Leaning English helps me to understand and study foreign cultures, history and arts). The other mean scores of instrumental motivations are only (Mean = 4.28), the participants respond on the statement number 4 (I learn English because it is a required subject in the Academy). Open-ended interview and additional comments results are concerning the motivation for learning English with these three questions: what is the main reason of learning English in this Academy? Do you believe that learning English is helpful to get a lot of profits in the future? And is learning English connected with the English’s arts, culture and traditions? Based on the finding, most of participants respond that they desired to learn English language in order to communicate with people of another culture who speak English and they also interested in other culture associated with English language. Some of them more admired well-known monks who speak English around the world and the wanted to be like them. They also had the wish to share the Buddha’s teachings, to get more knowledges, to make research, to promote abilities. At last, some respondents expressed about their feeling which is more confident to choose Sitagu Buddhist Academy because it is a well-known Academy and the environment of the Academy is attractive. Therefore, it can be concluded that the motivation of the students at sitagu Ketumati Buddhis Academy is an integrative motivation.

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