An Investigation into Learners’ Motivation and Autonomy in Linguistic Subjects a Case at Banking University of Ho Chi Minh City

Author: Nguyen Hong Oanh (Banking University of Ho Chi Minh City)
Speaker: Nguyen Hong Oanh
Topic: Applied Sociolinguistics
The GLOCAL CALA 2022 General Session


Faculty of Foreign Languages (FFL) at Banking University of Ho Chi Minh City (BUH) was established to meet the needs of a more professionally skillful and linguistically competent workforce in the banking and finance industry. However, as there is an incomplete insight into English language study and its career prospects, English-majored students at BUH have shown some negative signs of disinterest and poor academic performance in English linguistic subjects. This urges the researcher, on one hand, to survey 100 junior and senior English-majored students who are taking courses on linguistics to figure out influential factors on their learning motivation and autonomy. On the other hand, a thorough in-class observation has been taken for over one year to identify and offer necessary support to those who fail to academically keep up with their peers due to their failing learning incentives. Certain recommendations have been made in an attempt to assist English teachers at BUH to diversify their teaching techniques and curricular activities to enhance learners’ academic performance by promoting their motivation and autonomy in acquisition the linguistic subjects.

Keywords: Learner motivation, Learner autonomy, Linguistics, ELT