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English Learning Attitudes and Motivation of the New Taiwanese Children: A Case Study
the new Taiwanese children
Attitudes and motivation are important in the English learning of learners since it is highly related with their academic performance. With the rapid increasing number of the new Taiwanese children who might be a multilingual and might have multicultural background, the related studies about their attitudes and motivation toward English are scant. Therefore, the present study is aimed at investigating attitudes and motivation that the new Taiwanese children have toward English learning. Five new Taiwanese children from a public junior high school participated in the present study and were observed biweekly. Interviews with the participants, a new resident, and the English teachers of the participants were implemented to find out the learning attitudes and motivation of the new Taiwanese children. Questionnaires were implemented to the participants and the new residents. The documentary collection and the researcher’s reflective journals were also included in order to analyze and conclude the findings with credibility and dependability. The results of the present study showed that the new Taiwanese children’s attitudes and motivation toward English learning were varied in each, although they were generally positive. These differences could attribute to the factors of their parents: parents’ educational background, economic status, Mandarin proficiency level, perspectives, attitudes, requirement, participation, expectation, and assistance. The parents play the most important role on the English academic performance of their children. In other words, their parents are more important on their English learning than their English teachers. Therefore, parents should actively participate in the English learning of their children in order to awaken the interests of their children on English language. Then their children would become more positive and their motivation could be promoted. Finally, the goal of achievement could be successfully achieved.
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