IJLLL 2015 Vol.1(2): 87-92 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.7763/IJLLL.2015.V1.18

The Motivation of English Language Teachers in a Language Centre

Chiew Fen Ng and Poh Kiat Ng
Abstract—A teacher’s motivation is basically the character of the teacher’s personal enthusiasm and commitment towards teaching and is influenced by the working environment that consist of students, colleagues and managerial staff. Although researchers have argued that the factors that motivate teachers are the same factors that motivate students, the fact that teacher motivation is an area that is frequently overlooked in the domain of second language acquisition still remains. It also appears that few studies that have been done on teacher motivation in the Malaysian context especially in the context of English language centres. Most studies on teacher motivation have been centred in institutional settings, primarily in public schools. Hence, it would be of interest to investigate teacher motivation in a privatised setting such as in an English language centre. This study examines the motivation of language teachers teaching in a language centre in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. It aims to determine the current degree of motivation among the English language through survey. A review of the literature showed that similar studies from researchers such as Dweik and Awajan (2013) and Yau (2010) have been done on teachers’ motivation. Both studies employed quantitative methodologies. Similarly, the current study draws on a quantitative approach in which fifteen 30-item-questionnaires are distributed to the teachers in the English language centre. The findings indicate that the teachers are motivated and strongly motivated because of work autonomy, good work relationships, support from colleagues, superiors and students and also their own intrinsic motivations.

Index Terms—English language teacher, language centre, teacher motivation, survey.

Chiew Fen Ng is with the Faculty of Modern Language and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia (e-mail: kilaga@gmail.com).
Poh Kiat Ng is with the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Multimedia University, Jalan Ayer Keroh Lama, Bukit Beruang, 75450 Malacca, Malaysia (e-mail: pkng@mmu.edu.my).

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Cite:Chiew Fen Ng and Poh Kiat Ng, "The Motivation of English Language Teachers in a Language Centre," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 87-92, 2015.

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