Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
National Taiwan University
Taipei 106
Taiwan R.O.C.

Language Learners’ Multimodal Conceptualization of English in the Context of Its International Status

The purpose of this research was to explore how English-as-a-foreign-language learners conceptualize English in the context of its international status. The results suggest that thinking about English in terms of access, its status as a universal language, and aspects of learning reflect societal discourse of English in Taiwan. The study provides an example as to how English teachers might begin to understand their students’ assumptions of English and its learning based on which to then design curriculum that can effect a re-conceptualization in students.

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