Investigating Beliefs, Attitudes and Motivation toward English Language Learning among Thai and Chinese Undergraduate Students in Different Study Programs

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Lu-Geng Sun
Jirada Wudthayagorn


This study investigated the beliefs, attitudes, and motivation of Thai and Chinese undergraduate students in relation to English language learning. Utilizing a mixed-method, explanatory sequential design, it aims to provide a better understanding of the three variables mentioned above. The quantitative data analysis showed disparities between the cohorts, with Chinese undergraduate students often displaying more robust orientations. However, the qualitative data analysis showed that both groups valued immersive learning experiences and technological integration. The research advocates for pedagogical frameworks in English education that align with overarching global paradigms while respecting individual cultural nuances. Such revelations are important for refining teaching practices and curricula to enhance genuine global literacy. It is also recommended that future research efforts diversify their cultural purview and give due consideration to variations in socio-economic contexts.

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Sun, L.-G., & Wudthayagorn, J. (2024). Investigating Beliefs, Attitudes and Motivation toward English Language Learning among Thai and Chinese Undergraduate Students in Different Study Programs. LEARN Journal: Language Education and Acquisition Research Network, 17(1), 734–758. Retrieved from
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Lu-Geng Sun, English as an International Language Program, Graduate School, Chulalongkorn University

An MA candidate in English as an International Language Program, Graduate School, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. His research interests include language assessment and evaluation, and business English. (ORCID ID:

Jirada Wudthayagorn, Chulalongkorn University Language Institute

An associate professor, the Director of Chulalongkorn University Language Institute (CULI), and the President of the Asian Association of Language Assessment (AALA). She was a recipient of the Royal Thai Government Scholarship to pursue her Ph.D. studies in Applied Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. Her research interests lie in language assessment and evaluation, language policy, and quantitative research methods. (ORCID ID:


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