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Title: The relationship between language learning orientation and regulatory focus among EFL students in Taiwan
Author: Tu, Chia-Hua Vivian
ISNI:       0000 0004 2726 126X
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2012
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This research investigated the relationship between students’ approaches to second language learning and a specific personality variable. The main research instruments were two questionnaires. One was the Language Learning Orientation Questionnaire (LLOQ), which measures two orientations to language learning, Structure Orientation (SO) and Communication Orientation (CO). The other instrument was the Regulatory Focus Theory Questionnaire (RFTQ), which was extensively modified from the USdesigned Regulatory Focus Theory (RFT: Higgins, 1997) for application in the Chinese cultural background, or Confucian Heritage Cultures (CHC), of Taiwan. The study involved 360 students in four high schools in Taiwan. The quantitative data from the questionnaires were supplemented by qualitative data from interviews and non-participant classroom observations. The analysis of LLOQ results demonstrated a clear distinction between SO and CO among the participants. The results of the CHC RFTQ identified three forms of Regulatory Focus: Obligation-Adherence, Social-Security (which are conflated in standard RFT as PRE) and Goal-Achievement (a specific form of PRO). The analysis of the relationship between the LLOQ and RFTQ data indicates there is a correlation between RF and LLO.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: English language ; English as a foreign language ; English language—Psychological aspects ; Psycholinguistics ; Confucianism ; Confucian Heritage Culture (CHC)