Exploring language awareness and student perceptions among Chinese university students

Despite the increased use of English by Chinese speakers in intercultural communication as a consequence of globalisation, NESs are not necessarily the major communication partners of Chinese speakers and NES communities are no longer the main communities that Chinese speakers aim to align with. Rather, Chinese speakers are in contact with ELF both in global communication and in local realisations with other Asian interlocutors.

However, this trend is not being addressed by current ELT practices in China. As Wen (2012: 371) observes, 'almost all the students are still learning English as a foreign language (EFL) in the traditional way, based on standardised native speaker norms and all the teachers teach this model of EFL, too.' By investigating Chinese university students' LA, this chapter explores ways to help them cope with the gap between English inside and outside the classroom and to make informed choices about their English.

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