Exploring the Extrinsic and Intrinsic Reading Motivations among Malaysian ESL Undergraduates
Farina Tazijan1, Rofiza Aboo Bakar2, Nor Fazlin Mohd Ramli3

1Farina Tazijan, Senior Lecturer, Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
2Rofiza Aboo Bakar, Senior Lecturer, Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.
3Nor Fazlin Mohd Ramli, Senior Lecturer, Akademi Pengajian Bahasa, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Malaysia.
Manuscript received on 19 October 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 25 October 2019 | Manuscript Published on 02 November 2019 | PP: 1001-1005 | Volume-8 Issue-2S9 September 2019 | Retrieval Number: B10200982S919/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijrte.B1020.0982S919
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Abstract: Purpose of Study: Reading for pleasure is scarce among today’s undergraduates. It is believed that undergraduates read books because of their grades and reading not for pleasure. Undergraduates distinguish reading as a chore that they must take upon to excel academically. This paper sets out to conduct a preliminary study of reading motivations among Malaysian undergraduates of English as Second Language Learners. Methodology: A survey was carried out among UiTM undergraduates using the Reading Motivation Questionnaire (RMQ) to investigate their reading motivation towards extensive reading narratives. Results: Results revealed that there were 11 elements of reading motivation of the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation dimensions among young adults. Reading efficacy, reading challenge, reading curiosity, reading involvement, the importance of reading, reading work avoidance, competition in reading, recognition for reading. reading for grades and social reasons for reading and compliance were assessed. The results revealed the importance of reading motivation in second language learners Implications/Applications: It is hoped by identifying the relationship of reading motivation will help in fostering a culture of reading among second language young adult readers.
Keywords: Reading Motivation, Young Adults’ Engagement; Reading Motivation Questionnaire (RMQ), Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation, English As A Second Language.
Scope of the Article: Social Sciences