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Upgrading Nursing Students’ Foreign Language and Communication Skills: A Qualitative Inquiry of the Afterschool Enhancement Programmes

Department of Global Convergence Management, Finance and Tax Management, Endicott College, Woosong University, Daejeon 34514, Korea
Academic Editor: Domingo Palacios-Ceña
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(10), 5112; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105112
Received: 11 April 2021 / Revised: 8 May 2021 / Accepted: 10 May 2021 / Published: 12 May 2021
Learning a foreign language is not easy for many students, particularly for nursing students who need to complete their internships in the hospital. However, motivation always drives them to the foreign language classrooms. The purpose of this study was to understand the motivations and reasons behind why these nursing students decided to study Mandarin Chinese as part of their personal development and enhancement beyond the curriculum. One main question and one sub-research question were written, why would nursing students decide to take Chinese as the tool for foreign language and culture development? What and why are the reasons and motivations for nursing students to take Chinese beyond their curriculum? The qualitative case study method was employed in order to investigate 36 nursing university students in the United Kingdom. The results of this study concluded that nursing students tend to study Chinese due to personal development and career goals. School leaders, department heads, government leaders, policymakers, human resources professionals, vocational trainers, and researchers may take this study as the opportunity to reform their current human resource and education plans to offer foreign language courses to university students, members of the public, learners, and interested parties for both personal development and career enhancements. View Full-Text
Keywords: British university student; Chinese; Chinese as a foreign language; learning Chinese; nursing student; social cognitive career theory; United Kingdom British university student; Chinese; Chinese as a foreign language; learning Chinese; nursing student; social cognitive career theory; United Kingdom
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Dos Santos, L.M. Upgrading Nursing Students’ Foreign Language and Communication Skills: A Qualitative Inquiry of the Afterschool Enhancement Programmes. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 5112. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105112

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Dos Santos LM. Upgrading Nursing Students’ Foreign Language and Communication Skills: A Qualitative Inquiry of the Afterschool Enhancement Programmes. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(10):5112. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105112

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Dos Santos, Luis Miguel. 2021. "Upgrading Nursing Students’ Foreign Language and Communication Skills: A Qualitative Inquiry of the Afterschool Enhancement Programmes" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 10: 5112. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105112

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