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ERIC Number: EJ1159663
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
"Multilingualizing" Composition: A Diary Self-Study of Learning Spanish and Chinese
Severino, Carol
Composition Studies, v45 n2 p12-31 Fall 2017
Using her own experiences of keeping a journal while learning advanced Spanish creative writing and beginning Chinese during the same semester, the author illustrates that composition teachers' second language learning experiences--intimate and challenging encounters with a second language that multilingual composition students experience every day--can develop the cross-language and cross-cultural knowledge as well as the humility and empathy necessary both to "multilingualize" not only one's teaching, but the field of composition as a whole. She shows how teachers' second language learning studies might supplement or replace some of the translingual writing literature that often naively duplicates and redundantly reinvents or rediscovers the longstanding, research-based, sociolinguistic and multilingual perspectives on language from applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and second language writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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