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Zixuan Li. Multilingualism narrative for W131ML. From Multilingualism to Multiculturalism and Then Backwards (draft) After being in US for almost a month, subconsciously I noticed something is happening differently compared with what I used to perceive in China but I cannot specify and didn’t realized I should write it down to share with others. When I was told I should write a narrative for this class I am surprised by how perfectly this subtle idea matches what I need to write. And I am glad to find that this idea contains some insights that would benefit some people like who I used to be and spare them with a lot of struggle and save them a considerable amount of time. When I was a high school student in China, learning English has been taken for granted in almost every region in this immense country. At first, Everything seemed going well and people seemed to be quite aware of the reasons that they should invest massive portion of their school time learning a foreign language that is barely used in daily life of most population and these reasons are by no means the result of their own consideration but purely the product of teacher’s inculcation and teachers got them from their teachers. The reason I was told was so vague that can hardly recall: English is being used worldwide, if a child can’t speak English well then she or he could never find a decent job. Ironically, I can remember the doubt and suspects generated in my head when my teacher said that dogma to me even more clearly than the dogma per
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se. My mother could barely speak English but she has a job that attracts jealousy of
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course ENG-W 131 taught by Professor Neal during the Fall '08 term at Indiana.

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