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Volume 16 Number 3, Autumn 2019, Pages 768-1068 PDF Download

Understanding Classroom Assessment Practices and Learning Motivation in Secondary EFL Students

    Zhengdong Gan, Jinbo He & Fulan Liu

The use of classroom assessment as a means of promoting student learning is strongly supported by current international educational research and policy. The purpose of this study was to examine what classroom assessment practices secondary English as a foreign language (EFL) students experience, and how such assessment experience may cater for their English learning motivation. To capture students' classroom assessment experiences, a questionnaire was developed based on constructs related to classroom assessment in the literature. Students' learning motivation in the EFL course was then measured by the Student Learning Motivation Questionnaire adapted from Guilloteaux and Dörnyei (2008). The results showed that although teacher-controlled performance-oriented assessment was most used in the EFL classroom, teacher-student interactive-informal assessment and student self-assessment emerged as best predictors of students' intrinsic motivation and positive attitudes toward the EFL course. The study thus revealed that not all types of classroom assessment practice were equally motivational. Implications of the results for creating a more meaningful learning-oriented assessment environment in the EFL classroom are discussed.

Keywords: classroom assessment practices, English learning motivation, English as a foreign language, formative assessment, secondary EFL students