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Yu, Baohua; Watkins, David A. – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2008
The present study investigates the relationships among motivational factors, cultural correlates and second language proficiency. The participants, from both Western and Asian backgrounds, were learning Chinese at university level in the People's Republic of China. 115 students (35 Western students and 80 Asian students) ranging from beginning to…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, College Students, Asians, Asian Culture
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Ho, Judy Woon Yee – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2008
China resumed its sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997. Since then drastic changes in this former British colony have occurred. One of these changes is a shift in language policy, from bilingualism (Cantonese and English) to trilingualism (Cantonese, English and Putonghua). The present study is aimed at investigating tertiary students' use of…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Focus Groups, Learning Motivation, Diaries
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Eisenchlas, Susana; Trevaskes, Susan – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2003
Reports on a structured exchange program between Chinese and Australian students that focuses on discussion and reflections on everyday cultural practices and behaviors, the most relevant but least accessible aspect of culture for international students. (Author/VWL)
Descriptors: Chinese, College Students, Cultural Awareness, Exchange Programs
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Charters, A. Helen – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 1997
Examines why learners of Mandarin use overt nouns and pronouns to a greater extent than native speakers. Findings indicate that no single syntactic structure is a significant contributor to the different rates of optional ellipsis but that some learners use ellipsis only in syntactic contexts permissible in English and most use it in a narrower…
Descriptors: Adults, College Students, Context Effect, Discourse Analysis
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Yunxia, Zhu – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 1997
Examines the different attitudes of native speakers in understanding a written genre of Modern Standard Chinese--sales letters. The study focuses on the use of formulaic components appearing in real Chinese sales letters and compares these components with the advice given in textbooks. Findings reveal a gap between business teaching and business…
Descriptors: Business Education, Chinese, College Students, Foreign Countries