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Kangas, Sara E. N. – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2014
Through an ethnographic study of one suburban elementary school, the delivery of services to English language learners (ELLs) with disabilities was investigated. The data analysis revealed that often disability-related and English as a Second Language (ESL) services were in contention, as scheduling, teacher expertise, school culture, and ESL…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Delivery Systems, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Kubota, Ryuko – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2014
In language education, controversial issues sometimes emerge in either planned or spontaneous ways. Based on a classroom episode, this article illuminates dilemmas of approaching controversial issues for teachers who embrace critical pedagogy. A review of interdisciplinary literature demonstrates a general agreement on presenting balanced views…
Descriptors: Death, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Theory, Teaching Methods
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Chao, Xia; Xue, Mo; Xu, Ming – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2014
In response to the national and individual needs for English instruction, China mandated English provision in elementary schools in 2001. Grounded in the work of Bourdieu, this study examines professional Chinese parents' language attitudes in relation to their social positions. It draws data from interviews with 20 professional Chinese parents…
Descriptors: English Instruction, English (Second Language), Elementary Schools, Parent Attitudes
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García-Villada, Eduardo – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2014
Teaching cultural competency in the language classroom can be a challenge. This study explores the effectiveness of task-based instruction (Lee, 2000) on the learning of culture by students in college-level Spanish language courses. Students were required to record oral presentations, write essays, and make comparisons between the culture and…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Critical Thinking, Language Skills, Task Analysis
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Lee, Jerry Won – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2014
In response to the limitations of the nation-state as a conceptual frame for the study of linguistic landscapes (LL), this article argues for a transnational approach that accounts for the material reconfigurations and symbolic reimaginations of space in the context of global flows and migrations (Appadurai, 1996). This approach enables one to…
Descriptors: Linguistic Theory, Language Research, Multilingualism, Neighborhoods
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Curdt-Christiansen, Xiao Lan – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2014
This article examines how political discourse, language ideologies, recent Chinese curriculum reforms, and their representations in the media are inextricably related. Using the "Speak Mandarin Campaign" as background for the inquiry, I focus on textual features of the various media sources, TV advertisements, campaign slogans, official…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Planning, Chinese, Discourse Analysis
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González-Carriedo, Ricardo – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2014
The media in general and newspapers in particular have a powerful influence on the formation of public attitudes in society. This study aimed at identifying and analyzing the ideologies of two newspapers in Arizona in regard to English language learners. Using discourse analysis, 90 texts published by "The Arizona Republic" and the…
Descriptors: Immigration, English Language Learners, Newspapers, Discourse Analysis
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Menard-Warwick, Julia – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2014
Californians often take for granted a split between ethnic and linguistic identities, expecting immigrants to maintain strong ethnic identities while becoming monolingual in English. However, recent immigration has led to increasing diversity at California universities, with no majority ethnic group and many students bilingual. This study explores…
Descriptors: Linguistics, Introductory Courses, Ethnicity, Self Concept
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Mazak , Catherine M.; Herbas-Donoso, Claudia – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2014
The undisputed position of English as the "international language of science" has resulted in a push for its use in college science classrooms in non-English-dominant contexts worldwide. This study uses classroom observation and interviews to examine the use of Spanish and English in college science classrooms at a land-grant university…
Descriptors: Code Switching (Language), Second Language Learning, Language Attitudes, Science Instruction
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Vitanova, Gergana – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2013
Narratives have become increasingly important in the field of applied linguistics, as recent publications have illustrated, yet narrative analysis could still be considered undertheorized. This article outlines a specific, dialogical approach to the narrative analysis of data in qualitative research. Building on Bakhtin's notion of dialogue,…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Applied Linguistics, Qualitative Research, Sociocultural Patterns
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Flores, Nelson – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2013
This article introduces the concept of "nation-state/colonial governmentality" as a framework for analyzing the ways current language ideologies marginalize the language practices of subaltern populations. Specifically, the article focuses on the innate limitations of re-appropriating nation-state/colonial governmentality in an attempt…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Power Structure, Language Minorities, Language Attitudes
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Rogers, Rebecca; Wetzel, Melissa Mosley – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2013
Critically oriented forms of discourse analysis have focused largely on oppression and injustice. Signaling a new turn in the field, scholars have called for an analytic focus on moments of liberation and agency, referring to this orientation as "positive discourse analysis" (PDA). In this research, we turn our attention to a case study of agency…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Discourse Analysis, Educational Change, Preservice Teachers
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Lau, Sunny Man-Chu – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2013
This article reports some main findings of a year-long participatory action research study of critical literacy (CL) practices with middle school recent immigrant English language learners (ELLs) in Ontario, Canada. The CL program followed an integrated instructional model informed by Cummins' (2001) "Academic Expertise Framework" and…
Descriptors: Action Research, Literacy Education, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Sankar, Lokasundari Vijaya – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2013
This article examines the coverage in three Malaysian newspapers on an issue popularly known as the "Allah" issue. In 2009, the Catholic Church took the Malaysian government to court over the right to use the word "Allah". In a landmark court decision, the Church was given the right to use the word "Allah" in the…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Internet, Comparative Analysis, Printed Materials
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Velázquez, Isabel – Critical Inquiry in Language Studies, 2013
This article presents the results of an analysis of student perceptions about speakers of Spanish in the United States before and after participation in a university course on U.S. Spanish that incorporates a hands-on research component. Three arguments are made here: That these perceptions influence their day-to-day relationship with bilingual…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Sociolinguistics, Linguistic Theory, Bilingualism
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