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Gender, Ethnicity and Educational Change



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Identity and Language Learning: Gender, Ethnicity and Educational Change by Bonny Norton
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Language in Social Life SeriesGeneral Editor:Christopher N. Candlin, Chair Professor of Applied Linguistics, Centre for English Language Education and Communication Research, Department of English, City University of Hong Kong, Hong KongLanguage in Social Life is a major series which highlights the importance of language to an understanding of issues of social and professional concern. It will be of practical relevance to all those wanting to understand how the ways we communicate both influence and are influenced by the structures and forces of contemporary social institutions.Under what conditions do language learners speak? How is a learner's changing identity related to the process of language learning? How can language teachers address the complex histories of language learners? These are the questions that are central to Identity and Language Learning: Gender, Ethnicity and Educational ChangeDrawing on a longitudinal case study of immigrant women in Canada, Bonny Norton suggests that second language acquisition theory has not adequately formulated a conception of identity that integrates the language learner and the language learning context. Such theory, in particular, has not given sufficient attention to relations of power between language learners and target language speakers. She suggests that a poststructuralist conception of identity as multiple, a site of struggle, and subject to change is an important contribution to the field of language learning and teaching. Further, she argues for a conception of investment to capture the complex and sometimes ambivalent relationship of language learners to the target language.Integrating research, theory, and classroom practice, this book will be of interest to students, teachers, and researchers in the fields of second language learning and teaching, TESOL, applied linguistics and language planning.Bonny Norton is Assistant Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education of the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Table of Contents

1. Fact and fiction in language learning
2. Researching identity and language learning
3. The world of adult immigrant language learners
4. Eva and Mai: Old heads on young shoulders
5. Mothers, migration and language learning
6. Second language acquisition theory revisited
7. Claiming the right to speak in classrooms and communities
Release date NZ
April 13th, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
references, index
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