Languaging Myths and Realities

Languaging Myths and Realities

Journeys of Chinese International Students

Qianqian Zhang-Wu


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Higher education institutions in Anglophone countries often rely on standardized English language proficiency exams to assess the linguistic capabilities of their multilingual international students. However, there is often a mismatch between these scores and the initial experiences of international students in both academic and social contexts. Drawing on a digital ethnography of Chinese international students’ first semester languaging practices, this book examines their challenges, needs and successes on their initial languaging journeys in higher education. It analyzes how they use their rich multilingual and multi-modal communicative repertories to facilitate languaging across contexts, in order to suggest how university support systems might better serve the needs of multilingual international students.


Qianqian Zhang-Wu:

Qianqian Zhang-wu is an Assistant Professor of English and Director of Multilingual Writing, Northeastern University, USA. Her research interests include multilingualism and TESOL.