The Imagination of a Language

Kunyao Kuang

In the last class, I leant a lot about the Quebec language policy on Dawn Allen’s (2006) article Who’s in and who’s out? Language and the integration of new immigrant youth in Quebec. I found that the language policy could be interestingly linked to theories from imagined community: Reflection on Origin and Spread of Nationalism (1991) written by Benedict Anderson. Although I am an outsider of the French language policy of Quebec, either a stakeholder or a “victim”, I would like to share my thoughts on the language policy, based on the power of “imagination” that Benedict mentioned in his book.

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Factors That Influence Language Acquisition

By Jia Pu

Inspired by one of the class discussions, I’d like to share my first post with you about the factors that influence my acquisition of a foreign language. Before that, I’ll briefly introduce my language biography.

I was born in southeast China, with Mandarin my first language. As the official language, Mandarin is taught by teachers since I entered kindergarten. But in fact, I speak Chengdu dialect more often, especially in my daily life because both my parents are local Chengdunese and they have a deep affection for our dialect. Then later, when I was in elementary school, English became a compulsory course from grade 3. Ever since then, English has always been an important part in my life because under the influence of globalization, Chinese government is making increasingly more efforts to popularize English nationwide.

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