Shifting Paradigms of Language and Identities: My Personal Journey of English Learning, Teaching and Researching

Authors

  • Huan Wang Georgia State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52242/gatesol.42

Keywords:

language paradigm, language identity, shift, Standard English, power dynamics, language variety

Abstract

This article depicts the journey of English language learning, teaching, and researching of an English language learner, and the shift of her language paradigms and identities along with her personal experiences. The author’s attitude to language and her lenses of perceiving English shift constantly as she understands deeper and explores further in the language realm.

Author Biography

Huan Wang, Georgia State University

Huan Wang is a doctoral student in the program of Language and Literacy Education at Georgia State University. She was formerly an EFL teacher in an International University in China. She received her Master’s degree in education from Whittier College in California. Her research interests include multimodality of ELLs’ reading and writing practices, second and foreign language literacy education.

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Published

10/31/2016

How to Cite

Wang, H. (2016). Shifting Paradigms of Language and Identities: My Personal Journey of English Learning, Teaching and Researching. GATESOL Journal, 26(1). https://doi.org/10.52242/gatesol.42

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