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Motivation for Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language: Experiences from DUCE

Emmanuel Ilonga


This study explores the motivation for learning Chinese language at the Dar es Salaam University College of Education (DUCE). The major objective is to find out the reasons that motivated learners to enrol into the optional Chinese language course. The data used in the study was gathered through questionnaires and structured interviews. The presentation of findings reflected four types of motivation: intrinsic, extrinsic, integrative, and lastly, instrumental motivation. The results revealed that learners’ motivation for learning Chinese as a foreign language at the DUCE includes personal contentedness, developing base for further education abroad, integrating with the Chinese community and learning their culture, developing foundation for job opportunities in Chinese companies, and lastly, developing a base for personal businesses with the Chinese. Therefore, students are motivated by various reasons that cut across academic, social and economic reasons to learn foreign languages


Keywords: Chinese language, foreign language, languages in Tanzania, motivation

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