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    2. “Local-born” Chinese-heritage language learners in Hong Kong: Identity and positioning
    Document Type: Book Chapters
    Pages: 11-29
    Year published: 2017
    City published: New York
    Publisher: Routledge
    This chapter explores the identity of "local-born" Chinese-heritage language (CHL) learners who were raised and educated in the international school system in Hong Kong. In the literature, "CHL learners" refers predominantly to students who grew up in countries where the majority language is not Chinese. Most research on CHL learners so far has focused on North American or West European contexts, yet little attention has been given to CHL learners in Hong Kong, where there has been an increasing number of Hong Kong-Chinese students studying in English-medium international schools. As one of the few highly urbanized and populated cities in Asia, Hong Kong is governed as a Special Administrative Region (SAR) under the People's Republic of China (PRC). The participants were recruited primarily from the university CFL courses between 2012 and 2013. Data were obtained from a larger study with 16 university CHL learners in Hong Kong between 2012 and 2015, and were based on narrative interviews. Copyright © 2018 Taylor & Francis.
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    3. CFL teacher identity construction: A core element of future innovative practice
    Document Type: Book Chapters
    Pages: 177-192
    Year published: 2016
    City published: Singapore
    Publisher: Springer
    Teacher identity construction is seen as crucial for professional development and in readiness for adoption of pedagogical innovation. Based on life-history narrative study of three experienced CFL teachers, this chapter explores how the three teacher participants account for their experiences of constructing successful professional identities. The three teacher participants shared their stories of over 20 years of teaching Mandarin Chinese to non-native speakers in both the national school context in Australia and the international school context in Hong Kong. Their collective reflection on the process of constructing successful professional identities in Western-based school contexts revealed the complex and shifting nature of identity construction. The study finds that the processes of constructing a successful professional identity in Western-based school contexts are reflected in narratives of an effective blend of Eastern and Western cultural values and pedagogical practices. This “middle ground” notion of constructing professional identity has important implications for CFL pedagogical innovation in Western-based school context. Copyright © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media Singapore.
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