Investigating English for Specific Purpose (ESP) Learners’ Perspectives towards Factors Causing Demotivation in ESP Classes

Authors

  • Soma Hotak Kabul University of Medical Sciences Abu Ali Ibn Sina, Afghanistan
  • Ali Mohammad Hekmat Kabul University of Medical Sciences Abu Ali Ibn Sina, Afghanistan
  • Mohammad Mustafa Kamal Kabul University of Medical Sciences Abu Ali Ibn Sina, Afghanistan
  • Shafiullah Rogmal Kabul University of Medical Sciences Abu Ali Ibn Sina, Afghanistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47766/jetlee.v4i1.1803

Keywords:

ESP, Learners, Demotivation, Perspective

Abstract

Abstract

This article discusses the importance of motivation in teaching and learning English as a foreign or second language, particularly in the context of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) classes. The study aims to identify demotivating factors affecting ESP learners at Kabul University of Medical Sciences (KUMS) and provide recommendations for improving the quality of English language teaching programs at higher education institutions level. The findings suggest that outdated teaching methods, a lack of relevance to learners' fields of study, and insufficient teachers’ support are one of the main demotivating factors. However, teachers’ enthusiasm and learner autonomy were identified as positive factors that enhance undergraduate students’ motivation. The article, further, recommends that teachers and administrators address the identified demotivating factors and promote positive factors to develop a more motivating and engaging learning environment for ESP learners at KUMS.

 

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Published

2024-01-04

How to Cite

Hotak, S., Hekmat, A. M., Kamal, M. M. ., & Rogmal , S. . (2024). Investigating English for Specific Purpose (ESP) Learners’ Perspectives towards Factors Causing Demotivation in ESP Classes . JETLEE : Journal of English Language Teaching, Linguistics, and Literature, 4(1), 13–26. https://doi.org/10.47766/jetlee.v4i1.1803