ERIC Number: EJ1076033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
How University Students View Themselves as Literate Beings: Implementing Literacy Self-Evaluation Interviews in the United States and Hong Kong
Kim, Koomi J.; Ng, Patrick; Fahrenbruck, Mary L.
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v15 n2 p53-68 Sep 2015
This study investigates how university students in the US and Hong Kong perceive themselves as literate and biliterate beings. All the participants in Hong Kong are biliterate in at least two languages (including Cantonese, Mandarin, and English), whereas only 40% of the U.S. participants are biliterate in at least two languages (including English, Spanish, German, and Portuguese). This study examines how the participants define and situate literacy as well as literacies from multiple perspectives by considering their academic as well as socio-political contexts in the US and Hong Kong. In addition, a majority of them have posed the issue of how English is perceived differently from other languages they use.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Self Concept, Literacy, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Interviews, Bilingualism, Social Environment, Native Language, Second Languages, Learning Experience, Social Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong; United States
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