Nexus between Duration of Chinese Language Socialization, and African Heritage Communities

Author: Susan W. Wachira (Kenyatta University, Kenya)
Speaker: Susan W. Wachira
Topic: Anthropological Linguistics
The GLOCAL AFALA 2023 General Session


Socialization into the Chinese language for those of African heritages can constitute a challenging task. This paper is a description and analysis of such socialization, of Kenyan heritage communities. We anchor the study in a theory of language socialization and ideology, that posits that language socialization can be contextualized in larger social domains. Here, we aim to establish the duration of socialization into the Chinese language in order to develop a strong membership pin Chinese language communities. Purposive sampling was used to select the two Confucius institutes of Kenyatta and Egerton universities while stratified sampling was applied in selecting respondents at different levels of socialization.

The study revealed that language ideologies were common, followed by memory and metacognitive strategies.

Keywords: Vocabulary learning strategies, cognitive theory, learning experience.