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ERIC Number: EJ859214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5898
A Very Important Lesson: Respect and the Socialization of Order(s) in High School ESL
Talmy, Steven
Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, v20 n3 p235-253 Sep 2009
The "stigma" associated with ESL in K-12 public schools is a widely referenced if little explored topic. In this paper, I consider how this "stigma" was produced in a high school ESL class in Hawai'i, specifically, as it was licensed by and framed in terms of teaching students "respect." Based on analysis of two extended teacher-fronted interactional displays, I argue that local constructions of respect in this class served as a powerful socializing resource, working to produce "order" in the form of classroom control, as well as "orders," or hierarchies, along lines of English expertise and "mainstream" status. In particular, I examine the ascription of disrespect, pragmatic incompetence, and moral and intellectual impairment to the category "ESL student," while the positively valued opposites of these traits were attributed to "mainstream" student. I conclude with an argument for greater empirical attention in applied linguistics to K-12 ESL settings and to the subject of linguicism, or linguistic prejudice. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii