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Research suggests that learner autonomy is developed in a setting where learners are interdependent with others (Boud 1988; Kohonen 1992; Broady and Kenning 1996; Smith and Ushioda 2009). Little (2001) explains that learners are social beings and their independence is always balanced by dependence. Their essential learning condition is one of interdependence. Learners are interdependent not only with their peers but also with the classroom teacher (Dickinson 1987; Marshall 1996).

A greater understanding and appreciation of China and its ancient and contemporary culture and values can be achieved through such measures (Hartig 2012; Hartig 2011; Yang 2010; Hsiao 2008). These aims, in a very short space of time and following a long period of Chinese closure to the outside world, have been broadly successful. More and more people are interested in learning Mandarin and discovering Chinese culture which in turn inspires them to travel and study in China. Interest in Chinese culture and its language has soared.

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