UK secondary school students’ motivations for learning Chinese as a Foreign Language

Very little is known about students’ experiences of learning Chinese in UK schools, and how this compares to the learning of a European language. This study aims to better understand the factors which impact positively and negatively on students’ motivation for learning Mandarin as well as European languages in secondary schools, in order to fill this research gap and support the work of Modern Languages teachers.

Phase 1 of this project focuses on schools who are supported by the Oxford Swire Chinese Language Foundations. Year 7 students in these schools and are invited to complete questionnaires and to participate in focus groups exploring their experiences of and motivation for language learning. An accessible report of the initial findings of Phase 1 will be released during Michaelmas Term 2023.

Partners from Swire Chinese Language Foundation: John Sparks (Co-Investigator) and Kiky Guo (Co-Investigator)