What is it like learning with an enthusiastic teacher? – A survey on university EFL students





teacher’s enthusiasm, learning motivation, teacher’s enthusiasm effects, student’s learning motivation, student’s perceptions


Students need effort and motivation to get outstanding scholastic achievements and to keep themselves motivated throughout their educational journey. Some students drop out of school owing to demotivation in class. Others struggle to find excitement or interest in their study. One of the most crucial things in keeping students inspired to learn while they are at school is the teacher. There is a lot of research that has studied the effects of teachers' enthusiasm on students' learning, especially learning motivation, but little has been done on EFL (English as a foreign language) students at university. This study aimed to investigate how EFL students feel in relation to their learning motivation when they learn with an enthusiastic teacher. The participants are 150 EFL students from a university in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. To collect and analyze the data needed for this investigation, the researchers used a quantitative method with a questionnaire employed as a measurement tool. The result has found that student’s positive perceptions exceptionally outweigh negative ones. The study concludes by making some recommendations for better motivating students and for future research.

Author Biographies

Tran Cam Tu, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tu Cam Tran is an undergraduate of Van Lang University's Faculty of Foreign Languages in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. She is majoring in English-Chinese business. She is interested in conducting research into the effects of teacher's attitudes and teacher’s enthusiasm on student's learning motivation.

Le Quang Thao, Faculty of Foreign Languages

Thao Quang Le holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from Curtin University. He has ten years of English-teaching experience. He is now a lecturer in the Faculty of Foreign Languages, Van Lang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has been giving classes on four English language skills and teaching courses in such English linguistic components as phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax. Conducting studies into L1 instructions in L2 classrooms and on language assessment is his particular interest.


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How to Cite

Tran, C. T., & Le, Q. T. (2022). What is it like learning with an enthusiastic teacher? – A survey on university EFL students. International Journal of TESOL & Education, 2(4), 134–148. https://doi.org/10.54855/ijte.22248