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Volume 13 Number 1, 2022
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Jiang, Z., & Xie, K. (2022). Motivating online language learners: From theory to design strategies. Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching, 13(1), 1-25.
[江子鹭, & 谢魁. (2022). 提高在线语言学习动机: 从理论到策略. 科技与中文教学 (Journal of Technology and Chinese Language Teaching), 13(1), 1-25.]

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The development of online education has posed new opportunities to language learning, especially for learning a second language such as Chinese. However, challenges also exist. One of the major concerns is motivating students to learn in an isolated and independent learning environment. Research in online education has revealed that successful online learning depends mostly on learners’ motivation and their ability to manage the learning process. However, motivation in online Chinese learning settings is an understudied area in the extant literature. This paper introduces the self-determination theory (SDT) as an appropriate theoretical framework for addressing learning and motivation challenges in online Chinese learning. This paper also explores the design of online Chinese learning environments from the perspective of SDT. It begins with a brief overview of the motivation issues in online Chinese learning and follows with the discussion of the application of the SDT theoretical framework in an online Chinese learning context. In addition, it reviews the findings in the literature of online Chinese learning and proposes instructional design strategies that can promote and support student motivation.

在线教育的发展为中文语言学习带来的新的机遇和挑战。如何激发并保持学生学习动机是在线学习中的一个重要问题之一。在线教育研究表明,学生的学习动机和管理学习过程的能力是影响在线学习的重要因素。然而,目前关于在线中文学习动机的研究尚少。 本文以自我决定学习理论为指导框架,讨论如何从学习环境设计的角度来支持中文在线学习动机的发展。本文先概述了中文在线学习中的学习动机问题,然后介绍了自我决定理论在中文学习环境中的应用,并基于目前文献研究提出相关的教学设计策略以支持学生学习动机的发展。

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