ERIC Number: EJ856552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Sexual Identity as Linguistic Failure: Trajectories of Interaction in the Heteronormative Language Classroom
Liddicoat, Anthony J.
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v8 n2-3 p191-202 2009
This article examines interactions from tertiary-level foreign languages classes in which students challenge the heteronormative construction of their sexual identity. These interactions are triggered by questions that potentially reference students' real-world identities but which attribute a heteronormative identity to the questions' recipients. Attempts to challenge this assigned identity establish an interactional trajectory between teacher and student in which students pursue a project of expressing identity while teachers construct such talk as linguistic failure. It is argued that the domination of the classroom by a heteronormative framing of identities coupled with the discursive construction of the purpose of language classes to focus on language contribute to this unfolding trajectory.
Descriptors: Sexual Identity, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Self Concept, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Classroom Communication, Homosexuality, Discourse Analysis, Self Disclosure (Individuals)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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