Influence of Cooperative Learning on Foreign Language Anxiety and Intrinsic Motivation of English Major Freshmen in China

  • Ziting Cao UTM
  • Farhana Diana Deris


 In China, the English major freshmen can be easily influenced by anxiety, and the major choosing of higher education is made by students, for the learning of English speaking, whether it is stimulated by intrinsic motivation and its effect on learning is worth to explore. In foreign language learning field, the foreign language anxiety (FLA) and intrinsic motivation (IM) are extensively researched, but studies focus on English major students are few, methods to reduce the foreign language anxiety and promote the intrinsic motivation are also limited. Cooperative learning is widely used in foreign language teaching and learning, but few research focus on its influence on the affective factors of learners. As it is proved that the foreign language anxiety have negative influence on English learning and the intrinsic motivation is of positive effects, for Chinese students, the English speaking is the most difficult practical ability for them to learn. Therefore, helping them to reduce the foreign language anxiety and promote the intrinsic motivation is of significance. The current study involved a total of all 100 English major freshmen (from 2 classes, each 50 students) from one public university in China. Using a questionnaire aimed to explore their level of foreign language anxiety and intrinsic motivation and a cooperative learning course construction as research instruments. All students will be asked to do the questionnaire before and after a 10-weeks’ English speaking course, and all the 100 students will be divided into two group---experimental group (Group A) and control group (Group B), with the experimental group using the cooperative learning course construction in the English speaking course and the control group using the traditional teacher-centered teaching method. The main finding of this study is that the cooperative learning method can reduce the foreign language anxiety and promote the intrinsic motivation in the English speaking learning.



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How to Cite
CAO, Ziting; DIANA DERIS, Farhana. Influence of Cooperative Learning on Foreign Language Anxiety and Intrinsic Motivation of English Major Freshmen in China. Asian Journal of Research in Education and Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 1, p. 457-467, mar. 2024. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 19 may 2024.
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