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Article: South asian students' Chinese language learning in Hong Kong: Motivations and strategies

TitleSouth asian students' Chinese language learning in Hong Kong: Motivations and strategies
Authors
KeywordsChinese language
Motivation
South asian
Strategy
Issue Date2011
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/01434632.asp
Citation
Journal Of Multilingual And Multicultural Development, 2011, v. 32 n. 3, p. 285-297 How to Cite?
Abstract
This paper offers insights into an under-researched area of Chinese language learning among Hong Kong's less affluent South Asians, a group whose members have often been stereotyped as unable to function in the Chinese medium instruction (CMI) teaching system. Data were collected from a survey of approximately 300 South Asian secondary school students and from follow-up semi-structured interviews with 30 student participants. By cross-examining students' language competency and practice in Chinese, English and mother language(s), the research found that South Asian students, even though in a majority language environment, invest less in Chinese language learning and practice. Their language motivation is instrumentally driven and there is a lack of adequate family support for learning Chinese. It thus highlights the role of schooling and teachers' support in Chinese language learning as the main remedy for insufficient parental involvement. This research argues that in order to attain high competency in the Chinese language, which is considered important for upward mobility, there is an urgent need for teachers and researchers to understand the limited use that students make of the Chinese language and to develop a suitable teaching pedagogy for fostering language motivations. © 2011 Taylor &Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/135567
ISSN
2013 Impact Factor: 0.541
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.548
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. University of Sydney
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorShum, MSKen_HK
dc.contributor.authorGao, Fen_HK
dc.contributor.authorTsung, Len_HK
dc.contributor.authorKi, WWen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-27T01:37:18Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-27T01:37:18Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Multilingual And Multicultural Development, 2011, v. 32 n. 3, p. 285-297en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0143-4632en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/135567-
dc.description.abstractThis paper offers insights into an under-researched area of Chinese language learning among Hong Kong's less affluent South Asians, a group whose members have often been stereotyped as unable to function in the Chinese medium instruction (CMI) teaching system. Data were collected from a survey of approximately 300 South Asian secondary school students and from follow-up semi-structured interviews with 30 student participants. By cross-examining students' language competency and practice in Chinese, English and mother language(s), the research found that South Asian students, even though in a majority language environment, invest less in Chinese language learning and practice. Their language motivation is instrumentally driven and there is a lack of adequate family support for learning Chinese. It thus highlights the role of schooling and teachers' support in Chinese language learning as the main remedy for insufficient parental involvement. This research argues that in order to attain high competency in the Chinese language, which is considered important for upward mobility, there is an urgent need for teachers and researchers to understand the limited use that students make of the Chinese language and to develop a suitable teaching pedagogy for fostering language motivations. © 2011 Taylor &Francis.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/01434632.aspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Developmenten_HK
dc.subjectChinese languageen_HK
dc.subjectMotivationen_HK
dc.subjectSouth asianen_HK
dc.subjectStrategyen_HK
dc.titleSouth asian students' Chinese language learning in Hong Kong: Motivations and strategiesen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0143-4632&volume=32&issue=3&spage=285&epage=297&date=2011&atitle=South+Asian+Students%27+Chinese+Language+Learning+In+Hong+Kong:+motivations+And+Strategiesen_US
dc.identifier.emailShum, MSK: mskshum@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.emailKi, WW: hraskww@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/01434632.2010.539693en_HK
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dc.identifier.hkuros186096en_US
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dc.identifier.volume32en_HK
dc.identifier.issue3en_HK
dc.identifier.spage285en_HK
dc.identifier.epage297en_HK
dc.identifier.eissn1747-7557-
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
dc.identifier.scopusauthoridShum, MSK=6701814941en_HK
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dc.identifier.scopusauthoridTsung, L=35744147900en_HK
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