ERIC Number: EJ945154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
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The English You Need to Know: Language Ideology in a Citizenship Classroom
Griswold, Olga V.
Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, v22 n4 p406-418 Dec 2011
This study examines the discursive construction of adequate English proficiency through error correction in citizenship classrooms. In particular, the microanalysis of corrective sequences demonstrates that such proficiency is viewed narrowly--as a practical tool for passing the naturalization interview and not necessarily a tool for broader functioning in the society. Hearable grammatical and phonological accuracy is constructed as a major component of the adequate command of English. The views on what it means to speak English well enough for the purposes of naturalization appear to be deeply rooted in the ideological notions of language for citizenship in the U.S.
Descriptors: Citizenship, Ideology, Error Correction, Citizenship Education, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, Interviews, Grammar, Phonology, Language Attitudes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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