L2 Learners’ Perceptions on Motivation in ESL Class: A Study of Undergraduate Students at Mehran University Of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro Sindh

  • Quratulain Mirza
  • Sahib Khatoon
  • Nosheen Khaskhely
Keywords: Motivation, Gender Difference, Perception, ESL Class


Motivation plays a vital role in second language learning. An element of motivation in L2 learning has always been a major aim in ESL classes in order to encourage learners and make language learning more interesting for them. If the students are not proficient in English language, they fail to cope up with the challenging tasks such as findings white-collar jobs, which require proficient speakers of English. The objective of this study is to investigate whether there is a significant difference between perceptions of male and female students in their motivational level in learning English at Mehran University. This study employed a quantitative approach. A second language motivational research questionnaire was administered with 162 first year students aged between 19-21 to determine the perceptions of male and female students about the factors that may cause difference in their motivation of learning L2 in ESL classes at Engineering University. The results of this study suggest that there is a statistical significant gender difference of students’ motivation in terms of their perceptions about course content and teacher’s attitude in ESL class.