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Moving from race to identities in second langauge learning

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Title: Moving from race to identities in second langauge learning
Authors: Calhoun, Alicia
Advisor: Brown, James D.
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: Despite the rise of identity research in applied linguistics, race still remains a topic relatively unexplored in both TESOL and foreign language learning. This exploratory study seeks to investigate the discursive identity work done by four African-American learners of different foreign languages as they progressed in their studies. The participants’ interview and language autobiography data were analyzed using a narrative inquiry approach. The findings show that the learners contested and employed a variety of identities as they became salient in different contexts. Thus, while race was one aspect of their identity, their other affiliations were often more oriented to their experiences in the classroom and abroad.
Pages/Duration: 22 pages
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