Learning Needs of Cantonese as a Second Language in Hong Kong Tertiary Education
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AbstractThis paper studies the learning needs of Cantonese as a second language at tertiary level in Hong Kong. A needs analysis is conducted at one university in Hong Kong in order to examine the language needs of students and the challenges they faced in learning Cantonese as a Second Language (CanSL). Literature in the field shows that learners of Cantonese as a Second Language generally thought that the target language was difficult to learn and a long learning time was needed. The research in this article elicits views from CanSL learners at tertiary level in Hong Kong. Questionnaire surveys and focus group study are used to investigate CanSL learners’ learning needs and challenges they have come across while learning the language. The data shows that learning Cantonese is useful and help university students engage in daily activities. Some CanSL students in this study perceive that learning the language is helpful for them to integrate into the Cantonese speaking community. This paper presents data obtained from the needs analysis and discusses intrinsic as well as extrinsic motivation of CanSL students at tertiary level as well as some challenges occurred while learning the language. Implications on teaching CanSL will be discussed and these implications will be useful for curriculum developers, teaching materials writers as well as teachers’ trainers.
Acceptance Date03/04/2019
All Author(s) ListSiu-lun Lee
Journal nameElectronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching (e-FLT)
Volume Number17
Issue NumberSuppl 2
Pages460 - 478
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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