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American Journal of Educational Research. 2015, 3(10), 1284-1290
DOI: 10.12691/education-3-10-12
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Enhancement of Self-efficacy and Interest in Learning English of Undergraduate Students with Low English Proficiency through a Collaborative Learning Programme

Queenie Pui Sze Law1, , Joanne Wai Yee Chung1, Chi Cheung Leung1 and Thomas Kwok Shing Wong2

1Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong

2Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Pub. Date: October 14, 2015

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Queenie Pui Sze Law, Joanne Wai Yee Chung, Chi Cheung Leung and Thomas Kwok Shing Wong. Enhancement of Self-efficacy and Interest in Learning English of Undergraduate Students with Low English Proficiency through a Collaborative Learning Programme. American Journal of Educational Research. 2015; 3(10):1284-1290. doi: 10.12691/education-3-10-12


Self-efficacy and interest are two of the essential motivational factors that influence learning. An exploratory study aimed to discover the development of self-efficacy and interest of learning English through participation in a collaborative learning programme had been organised. Five undergraduate students with low proficiency in English participated in this exploratory study. Pre- and post-questionnaire on self-efficacy were collected. After completing 12 English tutoring classes of teaching experience, the five undergraduate students were invited to attend a focus group interview. The verbatim scripts were transcribed and analysed by using content analysis. Three themes have been identified: 1. there were an increase in the sources of self-efficacy to the subjects in learning English, 2. an increase in self-efficacy in the subjects’ English learning, and 3. a greater interest in learning English. Pre- and post- mean scores on the language self-efficacy scale were collected and showed that the mean score was increased by 1.2, 95% CI = 0.027 to 2.13. The subjects’ language self-efficacy scores had increased significantly (t = 3.57, df = 4, p = 0.02). Collaborative learning programme might be an effective approach in enhancing students’ interest in learning English and through the process students could become more self-efficacious in learning English.

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