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ERIC Number: EJ817086
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
Writer Identity and ESL Learners
Fernsten, Linda A.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v52 n1 p44-52 Sep 2008
Using Critical Discourse Analysis, this article explores the writer-identity of a college ESL student in order to understand how embedded ideologies and power relations shape understanding of writer identity. Using a poststructural and sociocultural perspective, the author takes a stand regarding the politics of language and the teaching of writing, especially as they relate to students whose racial, ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds vary from the dominant culture of school. The article suggests strategies for working with writers that are designed to encourage rather than silence the multicultural voices in our communities. It suggests varying the types of assignments instructors give, using a process approach and discussing the sociopolitical implications of language use with students in order to overcome language policies that can work against ESL students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A