An investigation of the relationship between students' self-discipline and their language performance in an online learning context at a Vietnamese university

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https://doi.org/10.54855/ijte.23323

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self-discipline, online learning, language performance, EOP

Abstract

Having recognized the difference in the implementation of English lessons in physical classrooms and distant classrooms, which possibly influence learners' performance, the authors are interested in examining the impacts of students' self-discipline on language performance in an online learning situation. In this study, the authors employed two main research instruments, including (1) a widely used survey questionnaire aiming at investigating participants' level of self-discipline and (2) a database from English Occupational Purposes, a web-based English learning system to assess learners' language performance. Research results have shown a direct correlation between subjects' level of self-discipline and their English language performance, in which a low level of self-discipline is a partial contributor to poor learning performance and vice versa. Also, the findings of the research showed an inconsiderable difference in the learning outcomes of the high group and the medium group in several aspects.

Author Biographies

  • Pham Hai Yen, School of Languages and Tourism, Hanoi University of Industry, Vietnam

    Pham Hai Yen holds an MA in English teaching Methodology from Hanoi National University of Education. She has been teaching English at Hanoi University of Industry for five years. She carried out some research on English phonetics and has raised interest in researching learning attitudes lately.

     

     

  • Hoang Thi Thanh Huyen, School of Languages and Tourism, Hanoi University of Industry, Vietnam

    Hoang Thi Thanh Huyen has been an English teacher at Hanoi University of Industry for 12 years. She used to work at a University in Danang City for 3 years after her graduation. She is now responsible for teaching and preparing materials for English for Information Technology for freshmen. Her main interest is Technology enhanced learning.

     

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11-04-2023

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Pham, H. Y., & Hoang, T. T. H. (2023). An investigation of the relationship between students’ self-discipline and their language performance in an online learning context at a Vietnamese university. International Journal of TESOL & Education, 3(2), 32-42. https://doi.org/10.54855/ijte.23323

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