Mainland Chinese students’ perceptions of language, learning, and identity in an English language teacher education program in Hong Kong

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Abstract

This paper reports on a qualitative study that examined the perceptions of eight preservice English language teachers from mainland China about their English language learning experiences within an undergraduate teacher education program in Hong Kong. Based upon a framework of identity construction, and using in-depth interviews conducted at regular intervals during their freshman year, the study explored how the participants’ constructed identities as English language learners as they crossed geographical and educational boundaries to pursue higher education in Hong Kong. The study illustrates that the participants’ experienced challenges in realizing the multiple language learner identities they sought to attain and that this may have resulted in conflicts and antagonism between different identities positions. Implications for providing language learning opportunities to mainland Chinese learners enrolled in higher education institutions in English speaking environments are discussed and suggestions for future research considered. Copyright © 2011 The Asian Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-270
JournalThe Journal of Asia TEFL
Volume8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Trent, J. (2011). Mainland Chinese students’ perceptions of language, learning, and identity in an English language teacher education program in Hong Kong. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 8(3), 243-270.

Keywords

  • Teacher education
  • Teacher identity
  • Chinese learners of English