Malaysian Undergraduate Japanese Language Learners’ Learning Orientation

Authors: Hairul Nizam Ismail , Rokiah Paee (Universiti Sains Malaysia)
Speakers: Rokiah Paee
Strand: Language, Community, Ethnicity
Session Type: General Session


This descriptive study employed semi-structured interviews to obtain qualitative data on the learning orientation of Malaysian undergraduates learning Japanese as a foreign language at five public universities in Malaysia. The participants were 24 learners that were selected using purposive sampling techniques. Thematic analysis revealed the learners displayed five types of learning orientation: communication, interest in language and culture, future career, external influences, and grade requirement.

Keywords: Learning orientation, Japanese as a foreign language, Malaysian Undergraduate learners, public university, qualitative