ERIC Number: EJ765766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Multiple Voices, Multiple Realities: Self-Defined Images of Self among Adolescent Hispanic English Language Learners
Ajayi, Lasisi J.
Education, v126 n3 p468-480 Spr 2006
Acquisition of multiple identities to negotiate new forms of social participation and the concomitant attendant multiple languages and multiple cultures is "sine qua non" to success in English language learning classrooms. This study therefore, investigates how middle school Hispanic students reconceptualize their identities to negotiate English language learning that ensures the knowledge gained in classrooms prepares them for full participation in their classrooms and communities. 209 English learners in three middle schools in Los Angeles responded to a 31-item questionnaire about their identity and learning practices. Also, students wrote a short essay to provide biographical perspectives on their lives. An analysis of the data showed that the learners viewed their multilingual and multicultural backgrounds as an asset rather than a liability. The study recommends the need to understand how students construct their identities and how such self-defined images of self dictate how much students learn in English language learning classrooms.
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Middle Schools, Multilingualism, English (Second Language), Urban Areas, Hispanic American Students, Questionnaires, Cultural Differences, Adolescents
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California