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ERIC Number: EJ831582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Metacognitive Beliefs and Strategies in Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language
Wang, Jinghui; Spencer, Ken; Xing, Minjie
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v37 n1 p46-56 Mar 2009
The study investigates the effects of second-year university students' metacognitive beliefs and strategies on learning Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL). The analysis shows that metacognitive beliefs, which identify students who are confident about their ability to learn a foreign language, are positively associated with students' CFL achievement results. Successful students are found to have confidence in their abilities. Metacognitive strategies also influence students' CFL achievement results. Students who show self-regulation by monitoring their progress, persevering at tasks and setting realistic goals are more successful. These are strategies that are essential for learners who wish to assume responsibility for their language learning. The study confirms Shen's (Shen, H.H., 2005. "An investigation of Chinese character learning strategies among non-native speakers of Chinese." "System," 33, 49-68) conclusion that students should be encouraged to analyse their own learning processes in order to improve their metacognitive learning strategies, which will reinforce motivational aspects of self-efficacy. The pedagogical implications of the study are that teachers can help students to think about what happens during the CFL learning process and identify effective strategies, leading to improved language learning and higher levels of self-esteem and confidence. (Contains 7 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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