Data - Chinese EFL Leaners' Identification of Foreign Languages and Accents

Published: 27 June 2024| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/j9gbn8894j.1
Xiangyu CHEN


This study investigates the proficiency of Chinese University EFL learners in identifying foreign languages and various English accents, as an indicator of their cross-cultural communication competence. An electronic survey encompassing 13 foreign language identification questions and 16 English accents questions is developed and administered to 454 EFL learners from 4 academic years in 3 different levels of universities in China. Each language or accent is further investigated through a paired audio and video questions, which share the same speech contents. A comparison is made to see whether visual aids improve the participants’ correct rates. The results show that the Chinese EFL learners’ overall identifying abilities of foreign languages and accents are unsatisfactorily below 50%, and that visual elements do aid to improve the correct identification rates in certain languages and accents. This study argues that in an era where AI technology is deeply and rapidly expanding, human beings’ ability and responsibility of recognizing and passing down different cultures should not be evaded. Uploaded contains the raw data from questionnaires in Chinese and the pre-processed data translated into English. The pre-process data eleminated the invalid questionnaires.



Multiculturalism, Foreign Language Education, English as a Foreign Language