• Sreynich Sor National University of Cheasim Kamchaymear, Cambodia
  • Sreyni Chorn National University of Cheasim Kamchaymear, Cambodia
  • Seynich Dean National University of Cheasim Kamchaymear, Cambodia
  • Sereyrath Em National University of Cheasim Kamchaymear, Cambodia




This present study explored the motivation levels and motivation types of Cambodian high school students learning English. With a focus on Hun Sen Peam Ro high school in Prey Veng province, the data was gathered using a quantitative approach. The study's objectives were to determine to what extent the students were motivated to learn English, to determine whether their motivation was more intrinsic or extrinsic, and to determine whether there was a statistically significant difference between the motivation levels of male and female students. 265 students attended the study. As a result, it was indicated that the students were highly motivated to learn English, and they were more extrinsically motivated than intrinsically. It was also noted that female students had a statistically higher extrinsic motivation than male students did. The current study suggests that intrinsic and extrinsic motivation must be interrelated because overall motivation is essential for students’ success in learning English. Finally, future studies should be conducted with larger sample size and at other educational institutions across the country using other statistical analyses. Qualitative and mixed-methods designs are also recommended.


Keywords:  Cambodia, High School Students, MoEYS, Motivation, Male and Female Students



Author Biography

Sereyrath Em, National University of Cheasim Kamchaymear, Cambodia

Sereyrath Em is a Cambodian government teacher of English with a higher education degree, a visiting lecturer at the National University of Cheasim Kamchaymear (NUCK), and an Associate Managing Editor of the Cambodian Education Forum (CEF). He holds two Master’s Degrees, an MEd from the National Institute of Education (NIE), Cambodia, and an MA in TESOL from Human Resource University (HRU), Cambodia. He also finished two training courses for the Advanced Specialist Certificate in Teaching the Four Macro Skills from RELC, Singapore, between 2020 and 2021. His research interests include English language teaching, educational leadership, learning and teaching motivation, and learning and teaching challenges.



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