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Motivations, learning activities and challenges: learning Mandarin Chinese in Australia

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Abstract


  • Mandarin Chinese is ane of the priority languages in the Australian Government's

    {2012} 'Australia in the Asian Century' White Paper. However the number of

    Australian learners of Mandarin remains the smallest among six commonly

    taught foreign languages in Australia. What are Australian learners' motivations

    and preferred learning activities for learning Mandarin Chinese? What challenges

    do teachers face when promoting this language? To answer these questions, this

    study conducted surveys with 149 school students and with 18 principals and

    language teachers in New South Wales. Results show that the Australian students'

    study of Mandarin was primarily driven by extrinsic motivation although intrinsic

    interests in Chinese language and culture played a certain role. The students

    prefered collaborative and multifaceted learning activities which involve multiple

    verbal and visual modes. Offering and teaching Mandarin in schools is challenged

    by a lack of qualified teachers, teaching resources, funding, professional guidance

    and opportunities to establish national and international collaboration. The

    findings suggest that it is necessary to reinforce the role of agencies at the meso

    level which bridge policy makers at the macro level and policy implementers at

    the micro level, respectively.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Gao, X. (2014). Motivations, learning activities and challenges: learning Mandarin Chinese in Australia. In C. Travis, J. Hajek, C. Nettelbeck, E. Beckmann & A. Lloyd-Smith (Eds.), Practices and Policies: Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education: Selected Proceedings of the Second National LCNAU Colloquium Canberra, 3-5 July 2013 (pp. 169-192). Australia: LCNAU.

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Start Page


  • 169

End Page


  • 192

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Mandarin Chinese is ane of the priority languages in the Australian Government's

    {2012} 'Australia in the Asian Century' White Paper. However the number of

    Australian learners of Mandarin remains the smallest among six commonly

    taught foreign languages in Australia. What are Australian learners' motivations

    and preferred learning activities for learning Mandarin Chinese? What challenges

    do teachers face when promoting this language? To answer these questions, this

    study conducted surveys with 149 school students and with 18 principals and

    language teachers in New South Wales. Results show that the Australian students'

    study of Mandarin was primarily driven by extrinsic motivation although intrinsic

    interests in Chinese language and culture played a certain role. The students

    prefered collaborative and multifaceted learning activities which involve multiple

    verbal and visual modes. Offering and teaching Mandarin in schools is challenged

    by a lack of qualified teachers, teaching resources, funding, professional guidance

    and opportunities to establish national and international collaboration. The

    findings suggest that it is necessary to reinforce the role of agencies at the meso

    level which bridge policy makers at the macro level and policy implementers at

    the micro level, respectively.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Gao, X. (2014). Motivations, learning activities and challenges: learning Mandarin Chinese in Australia. In C. Travis, J. Hajek, C. Nettelbeck, E. Beckmann & A. Lloyd-Smith (Eds.), Practices and Policies: Current Research in Languages and Cultures Education: Selected Proceedings of the Second National LCNAU Colloquium Canberra, 3-5 July 2013 (pp. 169-192). Australia: LCNAU.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2901&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1895

Start Page


  • 169

End Page


  • 192

Place Of Publication


  • Australia