ERIC Number: ED440537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Students' Major Difficulties in Learning Mandarin Chinese as an Additional Language and Their Coping Strategies.
This study investigates the major difficulties experienced and perceived by students of Chinese as an additional language (CAL), as well as the coping strategies they employed. It is a qualitative, 8-week case study that attempts to provide descriptions and analyses of a particular group of learners' learning difficulties and their coping strategies within specific contexts. Data include classroom observations, tape recordings, questionnaires, and formal interviews with students. Major questions addressed are twofold: What are the major difficulties in learning CAL, and how do difficulties differ among the learners? How do learners cope with their difficulties and how varied are the strategies among them? It is concluded that depending on the number of variables, different students may experience a variety of difficulties in learning CAL and adopt different coping strategies for the same difficulty. An awareness of this may help the teacher diagnose the students' language learning difficulties more effectively and accordingly provide more effective instruction. Two research questions arise from this study: What are the real obstacles that prevent students from overcoming difficulties no matter how hard they try? Are there any strategies in addition to the ones adopted by the students in this study that can help others overcome their difficulties more efficiently? Thirty-five references and two appendices (the student questionnaire and interview guidelines) are included. (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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