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Yang, T. & Gao, M. (2024). Investigating Motivation and Performance in Distance Chinese Language Education. In: : . Paper presented at The 12th International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, June 22-23, 2024, online, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Investigating Motivation and Performance in Distance Chinese Language Education
2024 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Motivation among students has long been a central focus in educational research and is widely acknowledged as a fundamental element of teaching and learning (Ferlazzo, 2013). Prior investigations have consistently demonstrated a strong positive link between students' motivation and their academic achievements, both in traditional higher education settings and within online learning platforms (Steinmayr et al., 2019; Ferrer et al., 2022). Significantly, motivation has emerged as a critical determinant of success in foreign language acquisition (Gardner, 2010). This paper presents a study that examines the motivation levels of CFL (Chinese as a foreign language) students who engaged in distance education at a Swedish university. 

One of the main objectives of this study is to explore the complexities of student motivation, with a specific emphasis on understanding the unique contributions of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in the context of CFL. Intrinsic motivation refers to the internal drive to engage in behaviors for the inherent pleasure, satisfaction, or excitement they provide, while extrinsic motivation involves seeking outcomes that are separate from the inherent satisfaction of the behavior itself (Ryan & Deci, 2017). Another objective is to investigate the correlation between students’ motivation and their academic achievements in the context of distance CFL education. Various types of motivation may have differing impacts: intrinsic motivation is correlated with student success and overall well-being, while extrinsic motivation is strongly linked to persistence and academic performance. However, there is limited research conducted on CFL students in the Nordic region, especially within an online learning context.

The Chinese Department at Dalarna University has accumulated nearly 15 years of experience in offering Chinese courses in the form of web-based online education. The department offers a full range of Chinese courses, ranging from beginner levels to bachelor thesis courses. This study utilizes a quantitative research approach, employing an online survey to gather data from the current cohort of 150 students. We anticipate that approximately 50 students will complete the survey. Statistical analyses will be employed to analyze the collected data. The findings from this study will contribute to a broader understanding of the dynamics of motivation among students learning Chinese as a foreign language. With an optimistic outlook, we also aim to offer practical recommendations for CFL teachers to enhance student motivation and develop interventions and instructional strategies aimed at fostering a more conducive learning environment for distance CFL learners.

Keywords
Mandarin, Chinese as a Foreign Language, Motivation
National Category
Specific Languages Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-48836 (URN)
Conference
The 12th International Conference and Workshops on Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, June 22-23, 2024, online, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Available from: 2024-06-24 Created: 2024-06-24 Last updated: 2024-06-27Bibliographically approved
White, J., Yang, T., Gao, M. & Santos Muñoz, A. (2023). Digital Competence and Teaching Practices of Language Teachers in Sweden in a COVID-19 World. In: Karim Sadeghi and Michael Thomas (Ed.), Second Language Teacher Professional Development: Technological Innovations for Post-Emergency Teacher Education (pp. 125-146). Springer Nature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digital Competence and Teaching Practices of Language Teachers in Sweden in a COVID-19 World
2023 (English)In: Second Language Teacher Professional Development: Technological Innovations for Post-Emergency Teacher Education / [ed] Karim Sadeghi and Michael Thomas, Springer Nature, 2023, p. 125-146Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Nature, 2023
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-42867 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-12070-1_7 (DOI)9783031120695 (ISBN)978-3-031-12070-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-10-20 Created: 2022-10-20 Last updated: 2023-04-20Bibliographically approved
Gao, M., Yang, T. & Wang, X. (2023). Translanguaging in the virtual Chinese classroom: students’ practices and attitudes. In: : . Paper presented at The 20th International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education, 29 June–1 July 2023, University of Edinburgh.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Translanguaging in the virtual Chinese classroom: students’ practices and attitudes
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Pedagogical Work Specific Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-46744 (URN)
Conference
The 20th International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education, 29 June–1 July 2023, University of Edinburgh
Available from: 2023-08-18 Created: 2023-08-18 Last updated: 2023-08-21Bibliographically approved
White, J., Santos Muñoz, A., Yang, T. & Gao, M. (2020). Attitudes to Digitalisation among Language Teachers. In: : . Paper presented at Högre seminarium i Språkdidaktik, Högskolan Dalarna.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Attitudes to Digitalisation among Language Teachers
2020 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Research Profiles 2009-2020, Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-35255 (URN)
Conference
Högre seminarium i Språkdidaktik, Högskolan Dalarna
Available from: 2020-10-21 Created: 2020-10-21 Last updated: 2021-11-12Bibliographically approved
Yang, T. (2020). Studying Chinese Characters in a Web-Based Learning Environment: A Case Study of Swedish University Students. Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology, 3(2), 1-16, Article ID 2.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Studying Chinese Characters in a Web-Based Learning Environment: A Case Study of Swedish University Students
2020 (English)In: Chinese Language Teaching Methodology and Technology, ISSN 2572-1739, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 1-16, article id 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cleveland, Ohio: , 2020
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics Learning
Research subject
Research Profiles 2009-2020, Education and Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-35853 (URN)
Available from: 2021-01-26 Created: 2021-01-26 Last updated: 2021-11-12Bibliographically approved
Gao, M. & Yang, T. (2019). Digital competence in practice: An investigation of Chinese teachers at Swedish secondary schools. In: : . Paper presented at The 17th International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education; Lancaster University, UK, 5-7 July 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Digital competence in practice: An investigation of Chinese teachers at Swedish secondary schools
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Research Profiles 2009-2020, Intercultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-30610 (URN)
Conference
The 17th International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education; Lancaster University, UK, 5-7 July 2019
Available from: 2019-08-14 Created: 2019-08-14 Last updated: 2021-11-12Bibliographically approved
Yang, T. & Gao, M. (2019). Teaching and learning Chinese in the virtual classroom: effective strategies and digital tools for teaching Chinese characters. In: : . Paper presented at The 17th International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education, Lancaster, UK, 5-7 July 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Teaching and learning Chinese in the virtual classroom: effective strategies and digital tools for teaching Chinese characters
2019 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
National Category
Educational Sciences Specific Languages
Research subject
Research Profiles 2009-2020, Education and Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-30612 (URN)
Conference
The 17th International Conference on Teaching and Learning Chinese in Higher Education, Lancaster, UK, 5-7 July 2019
Available from: 2019-08-14 Created: 2019-08-14 Last updated: 2021-11-12Bibliographically approved
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