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Gao, Xuesong; Zheng, Yongyan – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019
There have been widespread concerns over the decline of modern languages and waning interest in learning languages other than English (LOTEs) around the world, thought to be partly due to recent political events including Brexit and Trump's aggressive isolationism in the United States. By contrast, governments in Greater China have energetically…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Modern Languages
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Zheng, Yongyan; Lu, Xiuchuan; Ren, Wei – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019
This study extends our understanding of Chinese university students' motivation to learn languages other than English (LOTEs) by adding a contextual dimension to the L2 Motivational Self System. The study drew on Higgins' ([1987]. "Self-discrepancy: A Theory Relating Self and Affect." "Psychological Review" 94: 319-340.)…
Descriptors: College Students, Learning Motivation, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction