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ERIC Number: EJ908508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1533-242X
Identities of Young Korean English Language Learners at School: Imposed or Achieved?
Ro, Jennifer Moon
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v10 n1 p1-14 Apr 2010
Gee's (2000-2001) analytical framework was used to describe the constructed identities of two young Korean ELLs (English language learners) within the school context and were considered to gain insight into their academic success. The author argues that the "model minority" stereotype was influential in shaping the imposed identities created by the school community despite some contradictory evidence of the ELLs' developing academic performances. Findings suggested that (a) teachers viewed the participant students as model students with exceptional academic capabilities, (b) participant students were often struggling to decipher implicit classroom rules and their language learning, and (c) peer group acceptance became a crucial factor in their access to academic learning and maintenance of social standing within the group. The paper concludes with critiques of current realities of US education and instructional approaches that fail to meet the needs of ELLs, both in the academic and affective domains. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States