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ERIC Number: EJ847932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
The "Third Place": Investigating an ESL Classroom Interculture
Li, Xuemei; Girvan, Anita
TESL Canada Journal, v22 n1 p1-15 Win 2004
This study focuses on a multicultural ESL classroom with the purpose of exploring the creation of new individual and cultural identities and the formation of interculture. Through on-site observations and interviews with second-language learners and their teacher, the study presents findings about the dynamics, quandaries, complexity, and diversity of classroom interculture. The metaphor of the "third place" (Kramsch, 1993) aptly captures the nature of this interculture in its fluidity and ambiguity. Perceiving language-learning in this way allows one to look beyond the traditional dichotomous views and approaches to culture and identity in ESL settings and to describe properly the enriching process of creating new identity and new cultural space that is greater than the sum of individual cultures.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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