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Gallucci, Sonia – Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2014
In this article, I describe the ways in which two British university students negotiated their identity as second language learners during a year abroad in Italy and the extent to which their struggles helped them to "fit in" into the new social and cultural contexts. Building upon the lived experiences of the two participants, I follow…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Self Concept, College Students, Foreign Countries
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Mein, Erika; Esquinca, Alberto – Theory Into Practice, 2017
In this article, we demonstrate ways in which teachers, working within the context of rapidly changing demographics in our country, can create inclusive classroom environments that promote the development of engineering literacies and identities, particularly among bilingual students. We draw on our experience working with two projects funded by…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Self Concept, Code Switching (Language), Role
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Supasiraprapa, Sarut; De costa, Peter I. – TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, 2017
Drawing on Hyland's (2005) metadiscourse framework, the researchers investigated how two English as a second or foreign language instructors constructed their identity in a teaching philosophy statement written for a master's in TESOL (MATESOL) course. Analyses revealed that both instructors employed almost all metadiscourse resources in the model…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Philosophy, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Walker, Ute – Distance Education, 2017
This article examines the discursive construction of social presence and identity in a bilingual collaboration between tertiary distance learners of German in New Zealand and Academic English students in Germany. Drawing on positioning theory, this small-scale study investigated the collaborative practices of a group of students, whose synchronous…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Self Concept, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning
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Ye, Lily; Edwards, Viv – Journal of Research in International Education, 2015
This study aims to explore how Chinese overseas doctoral students adjust to a different academic, social and cultural environment, using Giddens' theoretical framework of self-identity. The findings indicate the participants proactively used various coping strategies in meeting challenges and adapting to new social environments. Continuity and…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Personal Narratives, Student Attitudes, Acculturation
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Kim, Jung-In – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2017
This study investigates two Korean heritage language teachers' motivational practices in relation to their identity positioning as heritage language (HL) teachers. Constant-comparative analyses of teachers' interviews and classroom practices showed that the two teachers' identity positioning as HL teachers was partially shaped by their earlier…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Bilingualism, Heritage Education, Korean
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Elola, Idoia; Nakatsukasa, Kimi; Tecedor, Marta – L2 Journal, 2018
A growing number of bilingual and multilingual national and international students are enrolling in graduate programs in the United States, creating an urgent need to understand how these writers build knowledge of unfamiliar academic genres and become part of their disciplinary academic communities (Selony, 2014). Such students struggle with…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Graduate Students, Self Concept, English (Second Language)
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Cummins, Jim – Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, 2015
Recent scholarship within the field of applied linguistics highlights the fact that identities are not static but are fluid, multiple, changeable across time and space, and always constructed in relationship to interactions with others. In other words, identities are constantly in motion. This paper presents a framework for examining the notion of…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Power Structure, Applied Linguistics, Multilingualism
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Mirzaee, Alireza; Aliakbari, Mohammad – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2018
This article presents the findings related to the identity construction processes of an Iranian English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher in the context of Iran. Data were collected using a life history approach with a critical-event focus and analyzed via social ecology of identity (Wenger, 1998). The findings indicated that the participating…
Descriptors: Self Concept, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Brownell, Cassie J. – Reading Teacher, 2017
In response to the growing number of linguistically diverse students in elementary classrooms, this Teaching Tip centers stories of students exploring language identity and use in one fourth-grade classroom in the Midwestern United States. Specifically, the author situates this Teaching Tip by first telling how students engaged in a discussion…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Self Concept, Language Arts, Classroom Techniques
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Mackinney, Erin – Bilingual Research Journal, 2017
This article explores how middle school Latina/o youth articulate their intersecting language identities as part of larger institutional and transnational experiences. Students navigated the multiple labels ascribed to them as members of the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program as they shaped perspectives of their bilingual…
Descriptors: Spanish Speaking, Bilingualism, Educational Policy, Language of Instruction
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Maseko, Patricia – Perspectives in Education, 2018
The possibility of individual (istic) identity formation is explored within a context of a synergistic and communal support system. Within this context, the intrinsic complexities of the African child who enters the academia with a multiplicity of epistemic identity contestations are simultaneously explored. The ensuing alienation resulting from…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Self Concept, Postcolonialism, Blacks
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Shin, Changok; Riazantseva, Anastasia – Language and Intercultural Communication, 2015
Grounded in constructivist theories of reading and informed by the contemporary theories of identity, this study explored how three Korean adult speakers of English as a foreign language (EFL) constructed meaning of the novel "The Catcher in the Rye", and how their identities mediated this process. Sources of data included think aloud…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Korean, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Idrus, Faizah; Nazri, Nas Idayu Mohd – English Language Teaching, 2016
This study seeks to identify the construction of collective identity in ESL classroom among students in a secondary school in Selangor, Malaysia. Identity construction can be helpful in supporting students academically and socially, especially in the English language classrooms. Being non-native speakers, students may have the tendency to feel…
Descriptors: Self Concept, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bürki, Yvette – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2020
This contribution examines the linguistic perceptions and ideologies of an individual of Latin American origin, Jorge, based in the German-speaking region of Switzerland, through narratives to analyse how pre-existing normative linguistic discourses influence (linguistic) identities. Connecting the micro-level of Jorge's narrative to the macro…
Descriptors: Latin Americans, Self Concept, Political Influences, Language Variation
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