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Tasks and learner motivation in learning Chinese as a foreign language
Ruan, Youjin1; Duan, Xiaoju1,2; Du, Xiang Yun1
2015-05-04
Source PublicationLANGUAGE CULTURE AND CURRICULUM
ISSN0790-8318
SubtypeArticle
Volume28Issue:2Pages:170-190
AbstractThis study focuses on how beginner learners in a task-based teaching and learning (TBTL) environment perceive what is motivating to them in the process of learning Chinese as a foreign language at Aalborg University, Denmark. Drawing upon empirical data from surveys, group interviews and participant observation, this study explores which kinds of tasks are perceived as motivating from the students' perspective and which characteristics the learners associate with motivating tasks. The study indicates that it is important to consider the learners' affective factors and learning situation factors, which can boost learners' intrinsic motivation, when designing a task, especially at a beginning stage of foreign language learning, and to integrate cultural elements into tasks as an added value to motivate learners. Finally, this study identifies challenges and barriers related to TBTL that beginner-level students may find discouraging. It is suggested that motivating learners to continue learning the language and encouraging active participation may be more important than developing their linguistic accuracy and fluency in the given context.
Keywordcultural elements beginners Chinese as a foreign language motivation task-based teaching and learning
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Language英语
WOS IDWOS:000354779000006
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Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/13396
Collection认知与发展心理学研究室
Affiliation1.Aalborg Univ, Dept Learning & Philosophy, Aalborg, Denmark
2.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Ruan, Youjin,Duan, Xiaoju,Du, Xiang Yun. Tasks and learner motivation in learning Chinese as a foreign language[J]. LANGUAGE CULTURE AND CURRICULUM,2015,28(2):170-190.
APA Ruan, Youjin,Duan, Xiaoju,&Du, Xiang Yun.(2015).Tasks and learner motivation in learning Chinese as a foreign language.LANGUAGE CULTURE AND CURRICULUM,28(2),170-190.
MLA Ruan, Youjin,et al."Tasks and learner motivation in learning Chinese as a foreign language".LANGUAGE CULTURE AND CURRICULUM 28.2(2015):170-190.
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