ERIC Number: EJ1064773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
Telling the Life Stories of Adult Immigrants Learning English as a Second Language in the Midwest: A Chronotopic Approach Informed by Bakhtin's "Forms of Time and of the Chronotype in the Novel"
Lee, Yin Lam
Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, v2 n1 p22-34 Spr 2013
Adult immigrants are invaluable assets to our society as they bring along their cultural capital across borders. However, little is known about how their rich life histories reflect and refract their plights as ESL learners. This study is an investigation of three adult immigrants' English learning in an immigration center in the Midwest. The researcher spent six months at the immigration center for prolonged observation. She collected artifacts, videotaped the ESL classes, and conducted interviews with the participants in 2009. Bakhtin's chronotopic approach was employed as a means for representing and mapping the participants' life histories. The findings contribute to the research base by furthering our understanding of the discursive relationships between life histories and ESL learning among these adult immigrants.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Immigrants, Adults, Adult Learning, Video Technology, Interviews, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes, Cultural Differences, Experience, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Personal Narratives, Language Skills, Decision Making
Commission on Adult Basic Education. PO Box 620, Syracuse, NY 13206. Tel: 888-442-6223; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.coabe.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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