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SEMINAR: “I LOVE STUDYING CHINESE” A Q METHODOLOGY STUDY OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ MOTIVATION TO STUDY CHINESE LANGUAGE

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Today's date is Wednesday, August 12, 2020
“I LOVE STUDYING CHINESE” A Q METHODOLOGY STUDY OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ MOTIVATION TO STUDY CHINESE LANGUAGE Other events...
In 2018, 63 students sat the Chinese Second Language WACE exam. Although Chinese had more candidates than other languages such as Indonesian, there has been a steady downward trend in students attempting the WACE over the last two years. The low retention rate is of concern to teachers of Chinese, with only 5% of each cohort of students who start to study Chinese continuing to year 12. Previous initiatives to increase the rate of students studying Chinese to year 12 level have failed to make any real progress to the situation. In order to understand what motivates students to study a language this study investigates the future language self of high school learners of Chinese following Dörnyei's L2 motivational self system framework to better understand how students envision themselves as speakers of a foreign language. Students in years 7-8 in WA were surveyed using Q methodology, a qualitative method, to individuate typologies of future language self. Results can be used to devise potentially motivating classroom activities based on future self vision.
Speaker(s) Laura Sydenham
Location Seminar room G.25, Social Sciences North.
Contact Nicola Fraschini <[email protected] >
Start Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:00
End Fri, 20 Sep 2019 11:30
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:18
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