The Interplay of Identity Construction and Motivational Development in Chinese Heritage Language Learning: Confrontation Between Individual Agency and Hegemonic Social Discourse (75259)

Session Information:

Thursday, 23 November 2023 16:15
Session: Undergraduate Poster Session (AURS)
Room: Room 701
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This study explores the intricate relationship between identity construction and motivational development in Chinese Heritage Language (CHL) learners. Drawing on the narratives of three CHL learners in the UK, the research employs a post-structuralist perspective and the Heritage Language Identity Development Model (HLIDM) to analyze the dynamic interplay of personal histories, spatial contexts, and relational experiences in shaping learners' identities and motivations. The findings underscore the pivotal role of accepting one's Chinese identity in shaping motivations to learn CHL. However, this acceptance is not passive but emerges from active societal participation and the exercise of individual agency. The study also highlights the significant influence of societal hegemonic discourses, particularly those related to authenticity, which can impact learners' motivations negatively. The research concludes by emphasizing the need for a more inclusive understanding of Chinese identity and a challenge to dominant discourses on authenticity to support effective CHL learning. The findings offer valuable insights for educators, policy-makers, and researchers in the field, suggesting further exploration of strategies to help CHL learners overcome socially hegemonic discourses and shape accurate and clear identity constructs.

Authors:
Haifeng Li, University of Manchester, United Kingdom


About the Presenter(s)
Mr HAIFENG LI is a University Undergraduate Student at University of Manchester in United Kingdom

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