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What motivates students to study Chinese at Australian universities and did this change during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Chinese is classified as one of Australia’s most important strategic Asian languages, but currently students’ motivations are not properly considered.
The common promotional discourses of ‘employability’ and ‘international trade’ related to Japanese language learning do not reflect learners’ motivations.
Learning Asian languages is about much more than trade and employability and universities should convey this
Australian universities should play an important role in articulating the educational value of foreign language learning beyond the ‘employability’ discourse.