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ERIC Number: EJ912509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1949-3533
"I Live in Tuuk-SON": Rethinking the Contexts of Language Learning along the Mexico-U.S. Border
Ullman, Char
TESOL Journal, v1 n4 p509-519 Dec 2010
In language teaching, context is everything. English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teachers must learn about the worlds in which the students they teach use English. The teachers often inhabit worlds that are very different from the ones students know, because of the ways in which class, race, gender, ethnicity, education, and legal status shape their experiences of the world. The more teachers know about students' lives, the better they will be able to teach them. In this article, the author situates language learning within the context of immigration, enforcement, and patrol. She raises important issues while providing an interesting perspective on teaching adult ESOL in an environment that is potentially quite hostile to the students in her program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona