The demotivational factors in German learners of Chinese

Cao, Qingyang (2015) The demotivational factors in German learners of Chinese. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Studies on L2 demotivation find out that the major factors demotivate

English language learners and other foreign language learners (e.g

Arabic learners) in the learning process include teacher-related

factors, course contents and materials, negative attitude toward the

L2, reduced self-confidence and lack of practicing opportunities.

Based on the findings of previous studies, this research paper aims to

find out what factors demotivate German learners of Chinese

language. Semi-structured interview is employed to find out what

demotivate the learners and a questionnaire is used to investigate

which factors are more salient than others. The study result shows

that the difficulty of Chinese language and lack of time are rated as

the most salient demotives, followed by reduced self-confidence,

boring teaching style and unsatisfactory course contents and

materials, lack of practicing opportunities, lack of learning goals and

teacher incompetence. What’s noteworthy is that teacher

incompetence is identified as one of the primary L2 demotives in

previous studies, yet it is ranked at the bottom of the list of

demotives in this study.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: Gigg, Diane
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2015 11:52
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 12:34

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