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Nomura, Kazuyuki; Yuan, Rui – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019
To understand long-term motivations for second language (L2) learning/socialisation, this study analyses the biographical narratives of 30 Hong Kong Chinese who are proficient in Japanese by using ethnographic interviews. From a situated learning perspective, our research findings originate in the participants' transformational episodes and centre…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Learning Motivation, Socialization, Chinese
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Hansen Edwards, Jette G.; Zampini, Mary L.; Cunningham, Caitlin – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019
This study examines language attitudes towards different varieties of English through listener judgments of speaker and speech traits; in addition, the study explores the relationship of these judgments to the intelligibility, as well as the perceived accentedness and comprehensibility, of varieties of Asian English and General American English.…
Descriptors: Language Variation, Asians, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Gao, Fang; Lai, Chun; Halse, Christine – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019
How migrants, refugees and minority groups acquire a sense of belonging in their adopted society is a concern for nations worldwide as they aim to balance the diversity and inclusion of growing numbers of migrants with ensuring harmony and cohesion across society. In postcolonial Hong Kong, the population diversity is accompanied with a swift…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Multilingualism, Second Languages, Foreign Countries
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Nomura, Kazuyuki; Kataoka, Shin; Mochizuki, Takako – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2019
Fluent speakers of a target language choosing to enrol in beginner-level courses at tertiary institutes could be considered unfair. In this paper, however, based on data obtained from in-depth qualitative interviews with 12 students at a Hong Kong university, we show that fluent speakers of Japanese -- a widely-spoken foreign language in Hong Kong…
Descriptors: Language Fluency, Grade Point Average, Student Attitudes, College Students
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Chan, Jim Yee Him – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
With increasing global demand for English and Chinese language education, the existence of linguistic variation in (and varieties of) both languages has focused scholarly attention on the choice of language standards, norms and models. Using in-depth focus group interviews, this study compared bilingual learners' choice of English and Putonghua…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Fang, Gao; Chun, Lai – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
The literature on acculturation illustrates that a bulk of non-dominant ethnocultural minorities consider themselves bicultural, involving both dominant and ethnic cultures. Yet, little is known about how bicultural individuals perceive and construct dual cultures, and how their two cultural identities are played out in daily interactions. While…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Pluralism, School Segregation, Acculturation
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Thapa, Chura Bahadur; Adamson, Bob – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2018
Educational issues in relation to ethnicity and language education policies have been underexplored in Asian contexts. In particular, issues related to ethnic and linguistic minority students have not received much attention in the post-colonial context of Hong Kong. This paper highlights challenges and tensions faced by Nepali ethnic minority…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Planning, Ethnicity, Educational Policy
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Ladegaard, Hans J. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2017
Recent research has shown that increasing the number of international students and staff in universities does not necessarily make the campus more "international". Ladegaard and Cheng (2014) found that local and non-local students live completely separate lives on campus and do not work together, let alone socialise, unless forced to do…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Study Abroad, Foreign Countries, College Students
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Chan, Jim Yee Him – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2017
This study examines Hong Kong major stakeholders' (secondary students, university students, teachers and professionals) perceptions of language variation, English language teaching (ELT) and language use in their everyday communication via a large-scale questionnaire survey (N = 1893). Based on principal components analysis of the questionnaire…
Descriptors: Language Variation, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Attitudes
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Hansen Edwards, Jette G. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2017
The current study examines how and why speakers of English from multilingual contexts in Asia are identifying as native speakers of English. Eighteen participants from different contexts in Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, India, Taiwan, and The Philippines, who self-identified as native speakers of English participated in hour-long interviews…
Descriptors: Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Evans, Stephen – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2014
This article presents the findings of a corpus-based study of the use of English vis-à-vis Cantonese and Putonghua in Hong Kong's Legislative Council in the past four decades. The objective of the study was to track the changing fortunes of the three languages in a key government institution during a period of unprecedented political, economic and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Sino Tibetan Languages, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Gan, Zhengdong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2013
Compared with reading, writing and listening, there has been a paucity of empirical data documenting learners' experiences of speaking English as a second language (ESL) or English as a foreign language (EFL) in different learning contexts in spite of the fact that developing the ability to speak in a second or foreign language is widely…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Comparative Analysis, Reading Skills
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Feng, Anwei – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2012
Greater China is used in this article to refer to mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Macao. While a holistic approach is adopted to present and compare the rapid spread of English and development in English language education in these geographically close, and sociopolitically, culturally and economically interrelated but hugely…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Holistic Approach, Language Variation, English (Second Language)
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Blees, Gerda J.; Mak, Willem M. – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2012
In different countries, the use of pictorial information symbols to convey warnings and instructions is becoming more common. An important reason for this is that people from a variety of cultures can understand graphical symbols. However, symbols developed in one culture may not have the same meaning for people from other cultures. This study…
Descriptors: Familiarity, Pictorial Stimuli, Semantics, Comprehension
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Leung, Alex Ho-Cheong – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2012
This paper explores the purported negative influence of foreign domestic helpers (FDHs) on child second language acquisition (SLA) by studying Hong Kong Cantonese children's listening ability in second language (L2) English. 31 kindergarten third graders aged 4;6 to 6, and 29 first year secondary students aged 11-14 who have had a Filipino…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Kindergarten, Grade 3, Listening Skills
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