Rediscovering identity: a more generous reality for non-native English users in teaching and learning

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Young, Kathryn. 2008. "Rediscovering identity: a more generous reality for non-native English users in teaching and learning." Language Issues in English-Medium Universities: a Global Concern (2008). Hong Kong, China 18 - 20 Jun 2008 Hong Kong.
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Rediscovering identity: a more generous reality for non-native English users in teaching and learning

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AuthorYoung, Kathryn
Year2008
Place of PublicationHong Kong
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://www.hku.hk/clear/conference08/index.html
Conference/EventLanguage Issues in English-Medium Universities: a Global Concern (2008)
Event Details
Language Issues in English-Medium Universities: a Global Concern (2008)
Event Date
18 to end of 20 Jun 2008
Event Location
Hong Kong, China
Abstract

International cross-disciplinary postgraduate students for whom English is not their first language often assume a reductive self image premised on questions of what constitutes technical efficiency of communicating in academic learning and teaching contexts. Yet during their postgraduate studies, there remains the potential for these self images to reformulate and come to reflect a counter discourse that values more productive ways of thinking and acting in language, which essentially challenges the hegemony of the students’ taken up discourse and power relations of what constitutes efficiency in communicating in English.

This paper reports on research that critically examines ways in which international students at an Australian regional university who learned English in a variety of bilingual and EFL settings have through collective and individual processes of making, remaking and negotiating their identity, conceive of themselves as other than what constitutes efficiency in language learning and communication. It reveals how they draw on continuing links with their locations as they rediscover and reconstitute their identity beyond the binary division of self and the other. It further reveals much about an ongoing dilemma encountered in similar instructional settings where international non-native speakers of English enroll. This dilemma relates to charting a course that favors a counter narrative avoiding the divisions of humanity into ‘us’ and ‘they’ and is premised on discovering a more generous reality in teaching and learning.

Keywordsinternational students; postgraduate students; English as a second language; ESL
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
470306. English as a second language
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Education
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