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Article: Supplementing an uncertain investment? Mainland Chinese students practising English together in Hong Kong

TitleSupplementing an uncertain investment? Mainland Chinese students practising English together in Hong Kong
Authors
Issue Date2008
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Co
Citation
Journal Of Asian Pacific Communication, 2008, v. 18 n. 1, p. 9-29 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper reports on a study into the motives underlying the formation of a weekly English discussion group organized by mainland Chinese research students in Hong Kong as a strategic effort to improve their English. Adopting a sociocultural approach, we compared our interpretations of semi-structured interview transcripts and other data, focusing in particular the participants' strong English learning motivation. It was found that their motives were very complex and could best be explained by the notion of investment (Norton, 1995). These motives also became the primary forces that transformed the weekly event from a learning event into a variety of activities that moved beyond improving their English speaking skills for individual participants. The paper argues that a more sociocultural or sociopolitical perspective on learning strategy should be adopted to deepen our understanding of language learners' strategic learning behaviour. © John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/141760
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.152
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dc.contributor.authorGao, Xen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCheng, Hen_HK
dc.contributor.authorKelly, Pen_HK
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dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Asian Pacific Communication, 2008, v. 18 n. 1, p. 9-29en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThis paper reports on a study into the motives underlying the formation of a weekly English discussion group organized by mainland Chinese research students in Hong Kong as a strategic effort to improve their English. Adopting a sociocultural approach, we compared our interpretations of semi-structured interview transcripts and other data, focusing in particular the participants' strong English learning motivation. It was found that their motives were very complex and could best be explained by the notion of investment (Norton, 1995). These motives also became the primary forces that transformed the weekly event from a learning event into a variety of activities that moved beyond improving their English speaking skills for individual participants. The paper argues that a more sociocultural or sociopolitical perspective on learning strategy should be adopted to deepen our understanding of language learners' strategic learning behaviour. © John Benjamins Publishing Company.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Coen_US
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Asian Pacific Communicationen_HK
dc.titleSupplementing an uncertain investment? Mainland Chinese students practising English together in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailGao, X: xsgao@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1075/japc.18.1.02gaoen_HK
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