The Relationship between Language Learning Motivation and the Choice of Language Learning Strategies among Chinese Graduates

Xiuyan Xu


This research is aimed to investigate the relationship between language learning motivation and the choice of language learning strategies among Chinese graduates of non-English majors. A total of 300 graduates participated in this survey research and 284 subject responses were valid and used for the statistical analysis. The collected data were computed and analyzed through descriptive statistics, test of normality, test of linearity and Pearson correlation. The major findings of the study were: (1) Chinese graduates tended to be more extrinsically motivated. (2) Their motivation was found significantly correlated with their learning strategy use. The more motivated students were the more strategies they tended to use. (3) Motivational strength and personal goals were found to have the highest correlation with the overall strategy use among Chinese graduates.

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