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ERIC Number: EJ1067928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0261-4448
Intersecting Scapes and New Millennium Identities in Language Learning
Higgins, Christina
Language Teaching, v48 n3 p373-389 Jul 2015
This paper examines how flows of people, media, money, technology, and ideologies move through the world, with attention to how these scapes (Appadurai 1990, 1996, 2013) shape identity construction among language learners, both in and out of classrooms. After illustrating intersecting scapes in sociolinguistic terms, I explore the relevance of these ideas to identity formation among language learners, using three case studies. First, I examine the mediascape of hip hop in the ideoscape of education in Hong Kong, where an ELT Rap curriculum was designed for working class students in a low-banded secondary school. Next, I discuss how the confluence of transnationals and cosmopolitan urban residents in Tanzania provides a range of identity options for learners of Swahili that challenge nation-state-based associations of language. Finally, I consider how learners' engagement in "anime" and "manga" from the mediascape is taken up in an introductory university-level Japanese language classroom in Hawai'i. These examples demonstrate how individuals are increasingly learning and using additional languages in the contexts of cultural mélange and new identity zones.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii; Hong Kong; Tanzania
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