ESL university students’ perceptions of their global identities in English as a lingua franca communication : a case study at an international university in Hong Kong

Chit Cheung, Matthew SUNG

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Abstract

This paper reports on the findings of a qualitative study which investigated a group of English as a second language (ESL) university students’ perceptions of their global identities in intercultural English as a lingua franca (ELF) communication at an international university in Hong Kong. Drawing on data collected via in-depth interviews and elicited journals, the paper found that these students shared a number of similarities in how they perceived and characterized their global identities in ELF contexts on campus. The analysis revealed that the expression of their global identities involved not only identification with the wider global community, but also acceptance of linguistic variation in the global use of English, display of communicative competence to ensure mutual understanding in lingua franca communication, and positive orientations toward hybrid linguistic practices in ELF settings. The findings reported in this paper will contribute to our understanding of the linguistic and cultural dimensions in the expression of global identities among ESL university students in ELF communication.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-314
Number of pages10
JournalThe Asia-Pacific Education Researcher
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • English as a lingua franca
  • Global identity
  • Intercultural communication
  • Multilingual practices
  • University student

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