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Doctor Dongping Zheng学术报告会——Knowing as coordination and Friending: From Language Learner’s Identity to Cross-Cultural Becomings

 

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Doctor Dongping Zheng学术报告会

 

报告题目:Knowing as coordination and Friending: From Language Learner’s    

            Identity to Cross-Cultural Becomings

报 告 人:Doctor Dongping Zheng

报告日期:201769日星期五下午4:00-5:30

报告地点:明德商学楼0105教室

Brief Introduction to Professor Dongping Zheng

Dr. Dongping Zheng is an associate professor in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She studies how technology can alter and augment language learning processes in place-based environments.  She has published a dozen papers on the topics of affordances of virtual worlds, video games and mobile devices for cross-cultural communication and education. She is also interested in Chinese philosophy, namely Confucian role ethics, Daoism/Taoism and traditional Chinese medicine. Her recent work has been focusing on finding common ground between these correlative cosmological perspectives and Cartesian reductionist approaches to building a culturally balanced research methodology. She has proposed “行动协商理论(Negotiation for Action),“言语行动的价值实现理论(Languaging as Values-realizing),关护行动语言学习理论(Language Learners as Caretakers),从语言学习者到跨文化场所体验者(From Language Learner’s identity to Cross-Cultural Becomings).

Abstract of the Lecture

In this talk I provide an East-West account of understanding the relationship between place, language learners, and mobile technologies. I argue that learning is “doing and undergoing” in the co-creativity of becoming and place-taking events. I also argue that identity emerges from experiences embodied in roles and relations. Foregrounding conduct, I draw Ames and Hall’s correlative cosmology, and Ames’ Confucian Role Ethics to look at learner’s action data collected while they are playing a place-based mobile game designed for exploration of university campus resources and use of English language for problem solving. Using multimodal analysis and visualization, I will apply Ames’s Confucian Role Ethics that personal identity is becoming with “embodying (ti ) our experiences” and “pursuing a ritual propriety (li ) in one’s roles and relations. The relationship that shapes how we become is shaped by “propriety in one’s roles and relations’ by both speech and action and this li is ecologically situated. Radically differing from “the twentieth-century philosophical preoccupation with ‘language’ and ‘mind’ (Ames 2011, 23), Confucian persons are “involved in the process of assimilating and transforming the world as it is experienced.” (22).