CHAPTER 5 Chinese Learners’ Perceptions of Text Memorisation in Foreign Language Learning
In this chapter, I will report on fi ndings from the in-depth interviews con- centrating on the perceptions of text memorisation as a way of learning from the learners’ perspective. First, by way of introduction, I will clarify the working defi nition of text memorisation in the current study and sketchily review previous analogous studies. Then, I will move on to the delineation of the methodological particulars of the current study which were felt to be more reader-friendly if introduced at this point and the detailing of the bio-information of the participants. In the section that follows, I present and discuss at length a number of prominent issues or themes emerging from analyses of the interview data. Finally, I conclude the chapter by summarily stating the primary points interpreted from the participants’ perceptions or opinions of text memorisation. 5.1 Defi ning ‘text memorisation’ in the present study Prior to a serious investigation of the traditional learning practice, a clear defi nition is essential. While different versions of defi nition of memorisation can be found in various studies and dictionaries, I found the following under- standing of memorisation is more fair or neutral: ‘Memorising is the pro- cess of establishing information in memory. The term ‘memorising’ usually refers to the conscious process’ (J. C. Richards, Platt, & Platt, 1992: 226). Based on this understanding and following Stevick’s (1982: 67) defi nition of ‘memorisation’ in language education, text memorisation is understood in this book as ‘working on a body of [textual] material until...
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