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Sustaining Multilingualism in Chinese Universities: Uzbekistani Students’ Demotivation While Learning Chinese

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College of Humanities and Foreign Languages, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018, China
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College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
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Global Learning Center, Yamanashi Gakuin University, Yamanashi 400-8575, Japan
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Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7570; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187570
Received: 27 July 2020 / Revised: 5 September 2020 / Accepted: 10 September 2020 / Published: 14 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Multilingualism in Higher Education)
This paper reports on a mixed method study exploring demotivation among Uzbekistani students while they are learning Chinese in a Chinese university. In the study, we conducted a survey among 67 Uzbekistani students, and interviewed 30 of them about their experiences of learning Chinese. The analysis of the data revealed that a lack of self-confidence, insufficient learning opportunities, a lack of learning support, and teacher qualities were the most salient factors affecting Uzbekistani students’ demotivation while learning Chinese. In light of the findings, we put forward suggestions for language educators and educational administrators in order to enable them to enhance language learners’ interest in and enthusiasm for learning Chinese, so that they will sustain their learning efforts and Chinese universities can achieve sustainable multilingualism. View Full-Text
Keywords: motivation; demotivation; Uzbekistani students; Chinese language learning motivation; demotivation; Uzbekistani students; Chinese language learning
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Liu, M.; Zheng, Y.; Ma, X.; Wei, Y. Sustaining Multilingualism in Chinese Universities: Uzbekistani Students’ Demotivation While Learning Chinese. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7570. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187570

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