Motivational Factors in the Indonesian EFL Writing Classroom
Mali, Yustinus Calvin Gai
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Despite the essence of motivation as one of primary determinants for students’ learning achievement, issues of factors influencing students’ motivation in learning a particular subject, particularly English as a Foreign Language (EFL) writing with regard to Indonesian university students, have not been discussed sufficiently. The study reported in this paper aims to explore motivational factors perceived by Indonesian university students in their EFL writing classroom. The participants of the study were 19 freshmen at Creative Writing Class F within the English Language Education Study Program, Faculty of Language and Literature, Satya Wacana Christian University (ED-SWCU), academic year 2014/2015. Data was collected through reflective journals in which the participants wrote their reflections dealing with the issues. The data analysis appeared to prove that positive teacher’s performance, inspiring classmates, motivational parents, and positive classroom atmosphere were primary factors influencing the students’ learning motivation in their classroom. Finally, the present study would seem to indicate the importance of constructive collaboration among teachers, students, and parents in determining the students’ learning motivation and academic achievement in their EFL writing classroom.