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ERIC Number: EJ892216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1479-0718
Being "the Strange One" or "like Everybody Else": School Education and the Negotiation of Multilingual Identity
Ceginskas, Viktorija
International Journal of Multilingualism, v7 n3 p211-224 Aug 2010
Based on first-person accounts, the negotiation of identity and belonging in 12 adults with multilingual and multicultural backgrounds is examined. The narratives show contradictory feelings towards the issue of multilinguality, which generally is experienced as a greater obstacle by multilingual adults who have predominantly gone to state schools than by adults who went to international schools. Education and different school systems play a role in constructing the cultural frameworks of inclusion and exclusion. This paper concludes that a significant factor for the differing perceptions may lie in the opportunity or lack thereof to share the experience of multiple allegiances and identifications with peers. In that respect, some school environments contribute to the cultivation of their students' linguistic and cultural awareness, and multilinguality is consequently no longer perceived as a personal or communal threat. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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