The different effects of the ideal L2 self and intrinsic motivation on reading performance via engagement among young Chinese second-language learners

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Abstract

Although motivational variables have been extensively examined in the context of English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL), they have received little attention when learning Chinese as a second language (CSL), especially among elementary school students in lower grades. Considering the significant impact of psychological variables on language learning and the dilemma of Chinese reading for non-Chinese speaking (NCS) students from Hong Kong, this study examined the structural relationship between the ideal L2 self and intrinsic motivation, as well as their impacts on the learning engagement and reading performance of 475 Hong Kong first-grade NCS students. Two findings were noteworthy: (1) under the simultaneous consideration of the above-mentioned variables, intrinsic motivation affects learning engagement and Chinese reading performance more than the ideal self; (2) the indirect effects of intrinsic motivation on reading performance through learning engagement are more significant than its direct effect on reading performance. The implications of the findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIRAL - International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • ideal L2 self
  • intrinsic motivation
  • learning engagement
  • non-Chinese speaking children
  • reading performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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