Testing the role of language attitudes and motivation on acculturation of international students in universities in China

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Abstract

The literature pertaining to international students especially in adaptation to Asian, African, and South American settings is largely absent, though the acculturation of migrants (including immigrants, sojourners and refugees) has been the object of a great number of studies conducted in the West especially North America, Australia, and to lesser extent Europe (Berry, 1997). With the popularity of the Chinese language and the large influx of international students into China in the past decade, investigating the international students’ adaptation to the cultural and academic milieu of China seems to be of great necessity and value, as they have remained one of the most understudied student populations.
The study is unique for the following three reasons: first, it investigates the interrelationships of a number of affective variables related to language acquisition, cultural learning as well as college adaptation; second, it examines the relationships between above relevant variables and the indices of acculturation; and third, it is the first attempt to assess the changes over time in international students’ attitudes and adaptation during their studying of Chinese in China.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch studies in education, Volume 5 : The tenth and eleventh Postgraduate Research Conference, 2007, Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong
EditorsDarren Anthony BRYANT, Fang GAO, Barbara Bycent HENNIG, Wing Kai LAM
PublisherUniversity of Hong Kong
Pages175-188
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9789628093489
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 10th and 11thPostgraduate Research Conference, 2007, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong - University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 27 Jan 200727 Jan 2007

Conference

ConferenceThe 10th and 11thPostgraduate Research Conference, 2007, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
Period27/01/0727/01/07

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Motivation
  • Second language acquisition
  • International students

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