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ERIC Number: ED428567
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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The Self-Concepts of English among Higher Education Students in Hong Kong.
Lau, Ivy Cheuk-yin; Yeung, Alexander Seeshing; Jin, Putai
A study investigated the nature of college students' English-as-a-second-language self-concept using a hierarchical, multidimensional model of self-concept. Subjects were 306 students in a Hong Kong higher education institution responding to a self-concept questionnaire. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) replicated previous findings that a global academic self-concept construct failed to explain the students' English, Chinese, and mathematics self-concepts. The relationship between global academic self-concept and self-concept for each of the subject domains was inconsistent and unsystematic for a representation of self-concepts in these domains by the global construct. However, there were strong relationships between a global English self-concept and self-concepts for the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing). CFA showing that a global English self-concept can adequately explain the relationships among self-concepts for the language skills provided clear and strong support for the hierarchical nature of English self-concept at the specific subject domain level. Of particular interest is the larger path leading from the global English self-concept to the receptive language skills (listening, reading) than to the productive skills (speaking, writing) that seem to reflect a more passive and receptive role students perceived themselves to take in the language learning process. Contains 26 references. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong