The Evolution of L2 Identities of Asian Students in Hong Kong
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AbstractThe study centers on multiple case studies of incoming Asian exchange students (students outside Great China) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who are L2 speakers of English and taking the courses in English. The research investigates incoming exchange students’ perceptions of their learning and use of English, and tracks the evolution of their L2 identities through social networks/intercultural friendship in a semester-long international exchange program. The longitudinal study consists of four phases, pre-sojourn, mid-sojourn, post-sojourn and six months after sojourn. Triangulation of qualitative and quantitative data (e.g., surveys, interview transcripts, Facebook posts, and etc.) focuses on the impact of learning and use of English, social networks/intercultural friendship on development of L2 identities.
The findings indicate that the participants shared some common experiences: such as difficulty in making friends in the host culture, language barriers and adjustment difficulty. They developed different perceptions of their identities after their sojourn in Hong Kong, e.g. an English learner or an English user, a global citizen and a glocalized citizen. They gained better understanding of cultural differences, improved L2/intercultural competence, personal growth and established a social network consisting of different people. The study highlights the impact of English as a lingua franca, social networks/ intercultural friendship on the L2 identity development of student sojourners.
All Author(s) ListXie Yingying
Name of ConferenceBELP 2017 Birmingham English Language Postgraduate Conference
Start Date of Conference07/04/2017
End Date of Conference07/04/2017
Place of ConferenceBirmingham
Country/Region of ConferenceGreat Britain
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsL2 identity, ELF, social networks/intercultural friendship

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