Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education

A New Representation of Chinese Learners

Experiences of Chinese Learners of English in Tertiary Sino-Australian Programs in China

Authors: Luo, Yingmei

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  • Addresses issues of dichotomisation between China and the West in theory and knowledge construction
  • Provides a new theoretical framework to explore nuances of Chinese learners
  • Adds a new perspective for researching multicultural and multilingual education phenomenon
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This book examines Chinese tertiary students' experiences of learning English in Sino-Australian programs in China. Using an institutional ethnography, the book examines one well-established Sino-Australian program based at a Chinese university. The book explores the ways that participant students used the Chinese words, tropes and their meanings to describe their English learning experiences with both local Chinese and foreign English teachers. This book introduces an innovative theoretical framework, “representation theory with a multilingual perspective”, to analyse how Chinese students' everyday experiences are constructed and mediated through language, discourse and identity. This framework also highlights graphic examples of how concepts are created in both Chinese and English, and thus serves as a powerful tool for deconstructing dichotomies between China and the West. The aim of this book is, then, two-fold: to show how a novel theoretical lens can help us to develop more nuanced understandings of Chinese students, and to propose a new methodological and theoretical framework through which one can challenge the monolingual subjectivity and parochial views of both Chinese and Western conceptions.

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Dr Luo Yingmei is interested in analysing how people’s experiences are framed and mediated within local sociocultural, educational and institutional contexts. She has adopted and adapted a theoretical framework that allows her to explore the intricate relationship between language, culture and people’s perceptions of the world. This framework enables her to see how alternate perceptions of the world can be embodied differently in different languages. Conceptualisations that are conveyed through different languages have great potential to augment current understandings of social realities, and to counter polarised cultural viewpoints in this globalised world. Taking a socially-oriented approach to researching teachers, learners and pedagogy, she is passionate about questioning the dominance of Western conceptions and theories in non-Western communities. This framework is particularly useful to examine the complexity of social realities in multicultural and multilingual contexts.

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​"This book powerfully positions Chinese learners of English at the crisscross of multilingual, transcultural, and inter-pedagogic zones. Contextualised in a well-established Sino-Australian Transnational Higher Education program, Luo’s ethnographic analysis of rich, triangulated data sources prods and probes the collusions and collisions between the local and the Other(ed), the representation and reflexivity of Chinese learners, and the attractions and distractions of the East-West penetrations. Despite the current disruptions and uncertainties brought about by the global pandemic, Luo’s book sustains its value in transborder context of language learning and teaching." — Guanglun Michael Mu, Principal Research Fellow & Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
"Luo complicates current understandings of Chinese learners of English in diverse multilingual, intercultural, and transnational contexts. Her innovative integration of representation theory with post-monolingual research methodologies allows her to grapple with both the value and violence of Western TESOL pedagogies in globalised higher education programs. In particular, Luo’s book offers a novel theoretical lens, through which researchers situated in various sociocultural and educational contexts are able to construct and validate their own educational concepts and knowledge." Luo complicates current understandings of Chinese learners of English in diverse multilingual, intercultural, and transnational contexts. Her innovative integration of representation theory with post-monolingual research methodologies allows her to grapple with both the value and violence of Western TESOL pedagogies in globalised higher education programs. In particular, Luo’s book offers a novel theoretical lens, through which researchers situated in various sociocultural and educational contexts are able to construct and validate their own educational concepts and knowledge." — Angel M. Y. Lin, Professor & Canada Research Chair in Plurilingual and Intercultural Education, Simon Fraser University  

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A New Representation of Chinese Learners
Book Subtitle
Experiences of Chinese Learners of English in Tertiary Sino-Australian Programs in China
Authors
Series Title
Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education
Series Volume
13
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-16-2152-9
DOI
10.1007/978-981-16-2152-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-16-2151-2
Series ISSN
2345-7708
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 138
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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