A Review of Language Learning Demotivation Studies

WEI Yang, Zhanfang LI


After 1990s learning demotivation has been an important issue in language teaching and learning research. Previous studies mainly fall into the following types: classifying the demotivation factors, exploring the influences of demotivation on learners, and discussing the strategies against demotivation. Findings show that learner factors directly affect learning demotivation while teacher factors, learning environment and social environment indirectly affect learning demotivation. Thus, strategies against demotivation not only ask for learners’ effort, but also need teachers’ help, good learning environment and social environment.


Demotivation; Factors; Influences; Learner differences; Strategies

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/12533


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