Taiwanese University Teachers’ Motivation and Language Choice for Scholarly Publishing


Within a global trend of academic publishing in English, publication in indigenous languages, nevertheless, in many contexts, continues to thrive. Multilingual scholars often need to negotiate international engagement and local commitment by publishing both in English and their first language. The study, based on individual in-depth semi-structured interviews with university bilingual teachers from social sciences in Taiwan, focuses on examining their motivation and language choice (i.e., first language only, English only, or both English and first language) for publishing their research articles, and factors that may influence their motivation and language choice. The study showed that (1) against the widely-held view of utility in getting published in English as the single most important driving force, it pointed to a complex picture of Taiwanese university teachers’ motivation and language choice for scholarly publishing; (2) the privilege attached to publishing in internationally indexed journals stood out as the major factor orienting Taiwanese university teachers toward writing in English and using various strategies to facilitate successful publication; (3) international publication in English nonetheless increases, but Chinese would still retain its position as the language of research and publication; and (4) the tension in the negotiation was likely to grow with the continuous push toward the globalization of the academia which had a great impact on university teachers. This study provides useful insight into understanding university teachers’ motivation and language choice for scholarly publishing. Some recommendations are made when guiding school planners for helping university teachers to cope with international publication versus local publication.

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Shih-Chieh Chien, National Taipei University of Business, Taiwan

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Conference: ACEID2023
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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To cite this article:
Chien S. (2023) Taiwanese University Teachers’ Motivation and Language Choice for Scholarly Publishing ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2023 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2023.20
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2023.20

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