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Cahnmann-Taylor, Melisa; Coda, James – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2019
Queer theory problematizes societal norms related to sex, gender, and sexuality, while resisting normalcy. The authors utilize a queer theoretical approach in analysis of participant observation in adult Spanish and Mandarin classes as well as interviews with world language teachers. Analysis of interview data reveals how educators and adult…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Reading
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Cannon, Anneliese; Blair, Alissa – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2014
In this article, we demonstrate how ethnodramatic writing can offer critically needed insights into the language learning and educational trajectories of a significant yet little researched group of immigrant English learners in community college settings. The participants' reflections and impressions about learning English and about U.S. culture…
Descriptors: Drama, Writing (Composition), English Language Learners, Community Colleges
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Zhang, Jingning – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2010
This study focuses on a specific Chinese immigrant subgroup, immigrants from the People's Republic of China (PRC) in Arizona, and details the impact of different immigrant experiences and settlement patterns on parents' attitudes toward Mandarin maintenance. Data were collected through an eight-month-long ethnographic research in Arizona. The…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Chinese Americans
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Pittaway, Daniel S. – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2004
The article argues that Norton Peirce's (1995) concept of a language learner's investment should figure centrally in how instructors address the needs of adult learners in ESL classrooms. Investment is discussed in relation to second language acquisition research that addresses the role of social factors in second language acquisition. The article…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Adult Learning, Adult Students, English (Second Language)