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ERIC Number: EJ806783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
Inscribing Identity: Insights for Teaching from ESL Student's Journals
Miller, Jenny
TESL Canada Journal, v25 n1 p23-40 Win 2007
Linguistic minority students in schools must acquire and operate in a second language while negotiating mainstream texts and content areas, along with negotiating an emerging new sense of social identity. This article presents journal data from an Australian ethnographic study that explored the relationship between second-language use, textual practices in school, and the representation of identity. Such texts normally lie outside the dominant school discourses, but for students they are a powerful means of negotiating identity and gaining vital language practice. For teachers journals provide critical insights in the experiences of their students and into their developing language competence.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia