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ERIC Number: EJ929669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
Writing a New Self in the Third Place: Language Students and Identity Formation
Huhtala, Anne; Lehti-Eklund, Hanna
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v18 n3 p273-288 2010
Studying a foreign language at university level is a multifaceted project entailing constant identity formation as a foreign language user--and simultaneously as a plurilingual subject. As far as the second language (L2) learner is concerned, the language learning process can be seen as a construction of a new "third place" between the source language and the target language, as well as becoming a more and more integral part of the "community of practice" consisting of fellow students and target language users. This article describes the use of written narratives as a method of enhancing the development of each and every student's own individual third place, on the one hand between the source language and the target language and on the other hand at the temporal crossroads of the past, the present and the future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland