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ERIC Number: EJ1003542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5898
"I Just Wanted to Make Sure that Everyone Knew I Was American": A Critical Discourse Analysis of a Dialogic Speech Event
de Souza Vasconcelos, Erika Franca
Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, v24 n2 p86-100 Jun 2013
Unpacking a dialogic speech event that took place in an ESOL teacher education class, this article explores an instance of struggle over ascribed, commonsense meanings that include some U.S. Americans and exclude others. The incident--what Fairclough (1992) has called a "moment of crisis"--turned out to be a powerful, transformative experience in which the notion of what it means to "be American" was problematized, deconstructed, and reconstructed to add diverse ethnicities to the White majority. Dialogic instances such as the one showcased confirm the potential of crucial questions, polarizing issues, and moments of conflict for pushing the boundaries of dialogue among participants in the classroom. By providing a step-by-step critical discourse analysis of the structure of a dialogic speech event, this article seeks to offer a contribution that illustrates, examines, and models dialogic practices associated with preparing ESOL pre-service teachers. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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