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ERIC Number: EJ1216311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1949-3533
Using "Where I'm from" Poems to Welcome International ESL Students into U.S. Academic Culture
Ivanova, Rossitza
TESOL Journal, v10 n2 e00399 Jun 2019
Having opportunities to write about their cultures and identities validates and engages students of English as a second language (ESL) by giving them a voice and a platform to promote ideas and values that the dominant society may marginalize (Christensen, 2000; Cummins, 2001; Cummins & Early, 2011). Identity-based pedagogies, however, tend to focus on domestic ESLs and on K-12 school contexts, while their potential for international ESL students at the university level has not been well appreciated. This article advocates for the inclusion of identity-based writing assignments in the university ESL curriculum by describing and theorizing the use of a "where I'm from" poem writing assignment in a first-year credit-bearing course for international ESL students. The article shares new ideas for teaching the popular writing assignment in ways that create opportunities for foreign students to feel connected and integrated on campus. The article argues that welcoming international ESL students into writing through a "where I'm from" poem assignment supports not only their sense of belonging, but also their writing skills and their academic success in the United States.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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