NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ906416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
The Ideological Production of Learner Identities in the World outside/inside the Classroom: Language Learning, Consumption, and National Belonging
Ullman, Char
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v4 n3 p162-171 Fall 2010
Adult education ESOL teachers usually know a lot about learners' lives inside the classroom, but they are less aware of learners' lives outside that space. This article focuses on learner talk about "Ingles Sin Barreras," a heavily advertised English-language program for Spanish-speakers who want to learn English. I analyzed learner talk along with documents describing a class-action lawsuit brought against Lexicon Marketing, the company that produces "Ingles Sin Barreras," and sample text from the product itself. I argue that "Ingles Sin Barreras" constitutes a site of struggle over learner identity and national belonging. I suggest that discussing "Ingles Sin Barreras" in classrooms can lead to generative conversations that will aid learners in their language study, regardless of whether they consume the product or not.
Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy America. 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Argentina; Arizona; Colombia; Guatemala; Mexico; Peru; Venezuela