An Investigation of the Relationship between Global Perspective and Willingness to Communicate in English in a Chinese University Context

(2020) Journal of Language and Education, 6(1), 39-54. dpi: 10.17323/jle.2020.10175

16 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2020

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Fan Fang

Shantou University

Runting Chen

Shantou University

Tariq Elyas

King Abdulaziz University - Department of European Languages

Date Written: March 31, 2020

Abstract

In an era of increasing global connectivity, acquiring a global perspective (GP) and being able to communicate in English are important for both personal and professional development. People with a GP are expected to be more willing to engage in intercultural activities, and more willing to communicate in English. Although previous studies have focused on having a GP and willingness to communicate (WTC) in English, few have investigated whether there is a correlation between these two variables. This study, conducted at a Chinese university, aimed to determine the relationship between GP and WTC in English. Data were collected from students via a questionnaire (n = 114) and interviews (n = 7) at the end of the autumn semester in 2018. The findings demonstrate that the students’ GP and their WTC in English through the English curriculum did not progress to a significant extent, and their GP and WTC in English were correlated. Furthermore, three themes that affected the interviewees’ WTC were extracted from the interviews: global cognition, self-actualization, and intercultural experience. These findings suggest that it would be beneficial to learn English by developing a GP, and that educators can enhance students’ WTC by helping them cultivate that perspective.

Keywords: English as a Global Language, English as a Medium of Instruction, English Learning, English Language Teaching, Global Perspective, Willingness to Communicate in English

Suggested Citation

Fang, Fan and Chen, Runting and Elyas, Tariq, An Investigation of the Relationship between Global Perspective and Willingness to Communicate in English in a Chinese University Context (March 31, 2020). (2020) Journal of Language and Education, 6(1), 39-54. dpi: 10.17323/jle.2020.10175, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3614597

Fan Fang (Contact Author)

Shantou University ( email )

243 Daxue Road
Shantou, Guangdong, Guangdong 515063
China

Runting Chen

Shantou University ( email )

243 Daxue Road
Shantou, Guangdong, Guangdong 515063
China

Tariq Elyas

King Abdulaziz University - Department of European Languages ( email )

Umm Al Muminin
Al-Sharafeyah, Jeddah 23218
Saudi Arabia

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