ERIC Number: EJ1100981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Our Language: (Re)Imagining Communities in Ukrainian Language Classrooms
Friedman, Debra A.
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v15 n3 p165-179 2016
Drawing upon video recordings from two fifth-grade Ukrainian classrooms and interviews with children four years later, this paper examines these classrooms as sites for socializing learners into an "imagined community" of Ukrainian speakers, the extent to which children took up identities as members of this community, and the potential effect of this identification on willingness to learn and use Ukrainian. Microanalysis of classroom interaction illustrates how teachers drew upon prevailing discourses of language and nation in ways that both presupposed and sought to create children's membership in an imagined national community whose core practices included affiliation with Ukrainian as "our language." However, interview data reveal that while children readily aligned with this imagined community and voiced its language ideologies, they positioned themselves as peripheral members or alternatively reimagined an alternative, multilingual Ukrainian community.
Descriptors: Ukrainian, Elementary School Students, Interviews, Multilingualism, Video Technology, Grade 5, Socialization, Self Concept, Classroom Communication, Language Usage, Discourse Analysis, Classroom Techniques, Student Attitudes, Nationalism, Foreign Countries, Russian, Language Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ukraine