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This paper highlights the importance of learning motivation and critical thinking skills to an EFL learner. Apart from gaining language ability in speaking, reading, listening, and writing, an EFL learner must also be equipped with other factors or skills to succeed. Hence, this study aimed to determine how much learning motivation correlates with critical thinking skills amongst tertiary English Language Education Department students at Universitas Islam Indonesia. By deploying a purposive sampling technique, 50 participants were involved in this study. It comprises 16 male students (32%) and 34 female students (68%). Critical thinking and learning motivation questionnaires were utilized to garner the data, and the data were further analyzed using the product-moment correlation. This study also utilizes in-depth interviews to gain more perspective on critical thinking, learning motivation, and how it shapes behavior. The results demonstrated that learning motivation positively and significantly correlated with critical thinking skills. Across varied levels, contexts, and periods, the current study confirmed the persistent theory concerning the correlation between learning motivation and critical thinking, as prior related studies already demonstrated. Further studies are called to be conducted by engaging a more significant number of samples to reveal broader insights


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Fuad Nashori, Department of Psychology, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Fuad Nashori is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Socio-Cultural Sciences Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Bachelor's degree in psychology obtained from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Master's degree in Aqidah and Islamic Philosophy from Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga, and Master's degree in psychology from Universitas Gadjah Mada. Doctoral degree in psychology obtained from Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung. He has been intensively working on Islamic psychology, forgiveness, humility, personality, religiosity, dhikr, aggression, motivation, etc. The author can be contacted via email:

Adam Anshori, Department of English Language Education, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Adam Anshori is a staff member of the English Education Department, at the Islamic University of Indonesia since 2006. He completed his Bachelor's degree from the English Literature Department at the State University of Yogyakarta majoring in Translation Studies. He got his Master of Arts (M.A.) from American Studies Department at Gadjah Mada University majoring in American Literature. He is now pursuing his doctorate degree at the State University of Yogyakarta focusing on Linguistics Typology and its implication in Structural Translation. His research interest is in Translation Studies, Educational Literature, and Applied Linguistics. He can be contacted at

Rahmat Aziz, Department of Psychology, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim, East Java, Indonesia

Rahmat Aziz is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Islam Negeri Maulana Malik Ibrahim Malang, Indonesia. Bachelor's degree in education obtained from Indonesia Education University in Bandung. Master's degree in psychology from Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. Doctoral degree in educational psychology from Malang State University. He has been intensively working on character education, students' creativity, well-being, and the mental health of the teacher. The author can be contacted via email:

Infanti Wisnu Wardani, Department of Psychology, Universitas Bina Bangsa, Banten, Indonesia

Infanti Wisnu Wardani is a lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Universitas Bina Bangsa, Banten, Indonesia since 2022. Her bachelor's degree in psychology was obtained from Universitas Gadjah Mada and her Master's degree in psychology from Universitas Islam Indonesia. She has been intensively working on well-being and clinical psychology. The author can be contacted via email:,id

How to Cite
Nashori, F., Anshori, A., Aziz, R., & Wisnu Wardani, I. (2023). Tertiary English students’ learning motivation and critical thinking skills. INSPIRA: Indonesian Journal of Psychological Research, 4(1), 85-96.


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