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Article: The Religion of Learning English in English: A Language Educator's Reading

TitleThe Religion of Learning English in English: A Language Educator's Reading
Authors
Keywordsappropriation
English
imagination
the Cultural Revolution
Issue Date2011
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/1358684X.asp
Citation
Changing English: Studies In Culture And Education, 2011, v. 18 n. 4, p. 429-436 How to Cite?
AbstractThis essay is my reading of English, a novel based on author Wang Gang's experiences in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Northwest China during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). As a language educator, I was particularly interested in the way that Wang describes learning English in the novel. The essay focuses on three aspects of learning English in the novel: the representation of learning English as a spiritual experience, the appeal of English for Love Liu as an adolescent learner and the portrayal of Second Prize Wang as an English teacher. The novel depicts learning English as a spiritual adventure and a religious experience in which Liu regards English as gospel and Wang, the English teacher, as the Messiah, who will lead him out of the chaotic and dehumanising world. The novel indicates the need to explore how individual learners in particular contexts appropriate the English language to pursue locally meaningful objectives. © 2011 Copyright The editors of Changing English.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/152899
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.251
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dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationChanging English: Studies In Culture And Education, 2011, v. 18 n. 4, p. 429-436en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1358-684Xen_HK
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dc.description.abstractThis essay is my reading of English, a novel based on author Wang Gang's experiences in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Northwest China during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). As a language educator, I was particularly interested in the way that Wang describes learning English in the novel. The essay focuses on three aspects of learning English in the novel: the representation of learning English as a spiritual experience, the appeal of English for Love Liu as an adolescent learner and the portrayal of Second Prize Wang as an English teacher. The novel depicts learning English as a spiritual adventure and a religious experience in which Liu regards English as gospel and Wang, the English teacher, as the Messiah, who will lead him out of the chaotic and dehumanising world. The novel indicates the need to explore how individual learners in particular contexts appropriate the English language to pursue locally meaningful objectives. © 2011 Copyright The editors of Changing English.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
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dc.relation.ispartofChanging English: Studies in Culture and Educationen_HK
dc.subjectappropriationen_HK
dc.subjectEnglishen_HK
dc.subjectimaginationen_HK
dc.subjectthe Cultural Revolutionen_HK
dc.titleThe Religion of Learning English in English: A Language Educator's Readingen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailGao, X: xsgao@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/1358684X.2011.630202en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume18en_HK
dc.identifier.issue4en_HK
dc.identifier.spage429en_HK
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