Call me Fei: Chinese-speaking students’ decision whether or not to use English names in classroom interaction

Simon, Cotterill (2019) Call me Fei: Chinese-speaking students’ decision whether or not to use English names in classroom interaction. Language, Culture and Curriculum.

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Abstract

Unlike other groups of international students, Chinese speakers’ use of English names while studying in English is an established norm. Relatively little discussion of the practice has taken place within recent literature, and less attention still has been paid to the minority of Chinese-speaking students who do not adopt English names. The choice of name used during classroom interaction is, though, both significant and meaningful, symbolising the social and cultural membership a person would like to evoke and impacting on student-teacher relationships. This article reports on a survey into the use of English names by Chinese speakers, which was completed by 330 Chinese-speaking students at UK universities – 255 of whom had adopted English names, 75 of whom had not. Survey responses reveal why and how decisions to/not to adopt English names are made. Interview data is then presented from discussions with eight Chinese-speaking students based in the UK who do not use English names. They explain why and describe their experiences of being a minority among Chinese-speakers studying in English.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: X100 Training Teachers
X300 Academic studies in Education
X900 Others in Education
Divisions: Research, Innovation, Enterprise and Professional Services > International Office
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA23: Education
Depositing User: Simon Cotterill
Date Deposited: 22 May 2019 07:22
Last Modified: 22 May 2019 07:22
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7439

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