L2 Motivation and Career Choice Amongst Women Graduates of English in Southern China

Conference: The European Conference on Language Learning (ECLL2022)
Title: L2 Motivation and Career Choice Amongst Women Graduates of English in Southern China
Stream: Culture and Language
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Dan Li, University of Exeter, United Kingdom


This project will adopt a mixed methods research design, generating both qualitative and quantitative data. Questionnaire and interview methods will be used to explore the L2 motivations and career choices of female students studying English (including English Linguistics and Literature, Translation and Interpretation, and Business English) when entering university and their career choices after graduation. Interview methods include one-to-one interviews and focus group interview. The research participants will be female graduates of English (2015-2019, 2016-2020) of 7 universities in Zhuhai city, Guangdong Province, China. The 7 universities include Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai Campus (hereafter abbreviated as BNUZ), Beijing Institute of Technology, Zhuhai, Zhuhai College of Science and Technology, Sun Yat-sen University Zhuhai Campus, United International College—Beijing Normal University & Hong Kong Baptist University, Jinan University Zhuhai Campus, and the Zhuhai campus of the Zunyi Medical University. The theory of L2 Motivational Self System will be used to frame this study. L2 Motivational Self System theory is chosen because this study explores the L2 self of the research participants, especially the ought-to L2 self and ideal L2 self. Therefore, this project hopes to address a gap in the literature by exploring the L2 motivations and career choices of women graduates of English at universities in Zhuhai, China.

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