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ERIC Number: EJ905524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
To Be or Not to Be "Part of Them": Micropolitical Challenges in Mainland Chinese Students' Learning of English in a Multilingual University
Gao, Xuesong
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v44 n2 p274-294 Jun 2010
This article reports on a longitudinal inquiry into mainland Chinese students' language learning experiences with a focus on their efforts to improve their English competence in a leading English medium University in Hong Kong. The inquiry problematizes an uncritical assumption of a shared pursuit of linguistic competence among different students in an English medium university. Using individual participants' narratives, the article illustrates how contextual complexities mediate their efforts to learn and use English. The findings suggest that successful language learning emerges from an interactive process of the participants' critical understanding of the context and their efforts in extending social networks, such as investing in social exchanges. These findings also raise questions as to how language learners can make such investments and whether or not they are willing to do so. (Contains 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Hong Kong