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What Motivates Chinese University Students to Learn Japanese? Understanding Their Motivation in Terms of ‘Posture’
Teo,Timothy1; Hoi,Cathy Ka Weng2; Gao,Xuesong3; Lv,Leining4
2019-03-01
Source PublicationModern Language Journal
ISSN15404781 00267902
Volume103Issue:1Pages:327-342
AbstractIn light of popular nationalism on the rise in China and Japan, this inquiry develops and validates a survey instrument to document university students’ motivation to learn Japanese in mainland China and explore how the learning of a foreign language may lead to better cross-cultural understanding. A total number of 398 Chinese learners of Japanese in Chinese universities participated in the survey and 12 of them participated further in post-survey interviews. The results confirm that participants’ interest in Japan-related products, employment opportunities, and activities contribute to the motivation to learn the language for cross-cultural understanding and undertake cross-cultural exchanges with Japanese people. The results suggest that increased exposure to Japan-related affairs in the media coverage undermines their desire for intercultural communication and increases the approach for interacting with Japanese people. This means it is necessary for Japanese language educators to engage with Japanese language learners and to address macro contextual processes such as rising tensions between the two countries, negative coverage on China in Japan's media, and negative coverage on Japan in the Chinese media.
KeywordChinese university students Japanese learning mixed method design motivation posture
DOI10.1111/modl.12546
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Language英语
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CollectionUniversity of Macau
Affiliation1.Murdoch University,School of Education,,Murdoch,6150,Australia
2.University of Macau,Faculty of Education,,Taipa,999078,Macao
3.The University of New South Wales,School of Education,UNSW,,Sydney,2052,Australia
4.Shanghai University of Finance and Economics,Faculty of Foreign Languages,,Shanghai Shi,200433,China
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Teo,Timothy,Hoi,Cathy Ka Weng,Gao,Xuesong,et al. What Motivates Chinese University Students to Learn Japanese? Understanding Their Motivation in Terms of ‘Posture’[J]. Modern Language Journal,2019,103(1):327-342.
APA Teo,Timothy,Hoi,Cathy Ka Weng,Gao,Xuesong,&Lv,Leining.(2019).What Motivates Chinese University Students to Learn Japanese? Understanding Their Motivation in Terms of ‘Posture’.Modern Language Journal,103(1),327-342.
MLA Teo,Timothy,et al."What Motivates Chinese University Students to Learn Japanese? Understanding Their Motivation in Terms of ‘Posture’".Modern Language Journal 103.1(2019):327-342.
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