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ERIC Number: EJ811291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1745-7823
So Why Do You Want to Teach French? Representations of Multilingualism and Language Investment through a Reflexive Critical Sociolinguistic Ethnography
Clark, Julie Byrd
Ethnography and Education, v3 n1 p1-16 Mar 2008
In this paper, I demonstrate how four self-identified multi-generational Italian Canadian youth socially construct their identities and invest in language learning while participating in a French teacher education programme in Toronto, Canada. In doing so, I draw upon critical ethnography and discourse analysis, using multiple field methods to highlight the different conceptions of what being Canadian, multilingual and multicultural means to these youths and the ways in which they position themselves "vis-a-vis" the acquisition of French as official language. I furthermore illustrate how some of their lived social and linguistic practices problematise social categories and labels. This work acknowledges the creation of social spaces for overlapping identities, which could possibly challenge the status quo, crossing both societal and social borders in Canada and beyond.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)