Journal article

Motivation for learning Chinese in a study abroad context: Vietnamese students in Taiwan

Trang Thi Thuy Nguyen, John Hajek

JOURNAL OF MULTILINGUAL AND MULTICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

This article examines Vietnamese students’ motivation for learning Mandarin Chinese during their study abroad in Taiwan and their construction of self in relation to this language learning motivation. A combination of several concepts of ideal L2 self, ought-to L2 self, instrumental motive, integrative motive, linguistic capital, and multiple self-aspects is used as a theoretical lens to gain insights into the students’ Chinese learning motivation. The study employs a qualitative research approach in which semi-structured interviews with English-medium students from five Taiwanese universities were conducted. Findings reveal that the students’ motivation for learning Chinese contributed to p..

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This work was supported by Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Taiwan Fellowship program.