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. Copyright © 2007 The Authors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch studies in education
EditorsDarren Anthony BRYANT, Fang GAO, Barbara Bycent HENNIG, Wing Kai LAM
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherOffice of Research, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong
Pages175-188
Volume5
ISBN (Print)9789628093489
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

Citation

Yu, B. (2007). Testing the role of language attitudes and motivation on acculturation of international students in universities in China. In D. A. Bryant, F. Gao, B. B. Hennig, & W. K. Lam (Eds.), Research studies in education (Vol. 5, pp. 175-188). Hong Kong: Office of Research, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.

Keywords

  • Acculturation
  • Motivation
  • Second language acquisition
  • International students

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