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Article: To be or not to be "Part of them": Micropolitical challenges in Mainland Chinese students' learning of english in a multilingual university

TitleTo be or not to be "Part of them": Micropolitical challenges in Mainland Chinese students' learning of english in a multilingual university
Authors
Issue Date2010
PublisherTeachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/seccss.asp?CID=209&DID=1679
Citation
Tesol Quarterly, 2010, v. 44 n. 2, p. 274-294 How to Cite?
AbstractThis 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 complex¬ities 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.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/141753
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.513
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.460
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dc.identifier.citationTesol Quarterly, 2010, v. 44 n. 2, p. 274-294en_HK
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dc.description.abstractThis 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 complex¬ities 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.en_HK
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dc.titleTo be or not to be "Part of them": Micropolitical challenges in Mainland Chinese students' learning of english in a multilingual universityen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailGao, X: xsgao@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.5054/tq.2010.219944en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume44en_HK
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