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ERIC Number: EJ977359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
Eight Versions of the Visit to "La Barranca": Critical Discourse Analysis of a Study-Abroad Narrative from Mexico
Menard-Warwick, Julia; Palmer, Deborah
Teacher Education Quarterly, v39 n1 p121-138 Win 2012
In 2007, eleven diverse undergraduate students from Texas spent a month in Mexico on a study-abroad program sponsored by the School of Education at their university. A central goal of the program was to facilitate pre-service teachers' ability to articulate a critical understanding of the needs of second language (L2) learners in their future public school classrooms. To this end, the students lived with Mexican host families, visited local schools, studied Spanish, took a Second Language Acquisition (SLA) class focused on immigrant language learners, participated in numerous field trips, and wrote about their experiences in a biweekly journal. In the journal entry, the only male student in the group reports his decision "not" to write about a field trip that took place in the first week of the program, a visit to a family living in poverty in an area known as "La Barranca" (the Ravine). In this article, the authors use critical discourse analysis to examine the eight narrative accounts of the "Barranca" field trip and to answer the following questions: (1) What perspectives do the students construct on educational and social issues in Mexico and their own relationship to those issues in writing about the "Barranca" visit?; (2) What linguistic resources do the students use to construct their perspectives?; and (3) To what extent do the "Barranca" narratives demonstrate students' critical understanding of the potential needs of immigrant students in U.S. public schools? They conclude by drawing implications for future study-abroad programs that aim to foster critical sociocultural awareness in prospective teachers. (Contains 1 table and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico; Texas