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Holguín Mendoza, Claudia – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Experts in the field have advocated for critical approaches to Spanish heritage language (HL) curricula in which learners' proficiency in the language varieties that they bring from their homes and communities is considered an asset and culturally valuable knowledge. The proposal described here focuses on the adoption of a programmatic…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement
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Christiansen, M. Sidury; Trejo Guzmán, Nelly Paulina; Mora-Pablo, Irasema – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Return migration from the United States to Mexico has been increasing in the last decade. Research reports that many returnees, who are English dominant, drop out of school to look for work in call centers and transnational companies (Anderson, 2015). Others pursue higher education in English-based programs such as those for becoming English…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Milu, Esther – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
This article reports on preliminary findings of three prominent Kenyan hip-hop artists, Jua Cali, Abbas Kubaff, and Nazizi Hirji, as they theorize and construct emergent ethnicities vis-à-vis their translingual practices. Using in-depth phenomenological interviews, observations of their everyday language use, and analysis of their language choices…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Phenomenology, Interviews, Musical Composition
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Sah, Pramod Kumar; Li, Guofang – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
This article reports on a critical qualitative case study of an EMI-based, underresourced public school in Nepal through Bourdieu's lens of linguistic capital. As the data analysis revealed, parents, students, and teachers regarded EMI as a privileged form of linguistic capital for developing advanced English skills, enhancing educational…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Language of Instruction, Qualitative Research
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Karimzad, Farzad; Sibgatullina, Gulnaz – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Adopting an online ethnographic approach, we examine the linguistic/semiotic practices and ideologies of "purism" among Tatar and Iranian Azerbaijani Facebook users. We argue that purification practices can be understood as identity work, the outcome of which is often not an etymologically "purer" language but a (perceived)…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Ethnography, Semiotics, Turkic Languages
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DeFeo, Dayna Jean – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Though definitions vary, the literature on heritage speakers of Spanish identifies two primary attributes: a linguistic and cultural connection to the language. This article profiles four Anglo college students who grew up in bilingual or Spanish-dominant communities in the Southwest who self-identified as Spanish heritage speakers, citing…
Descriptors: College Students, Bilingual Students, Spanish, Native Language
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Zhao, Xueyu; Solano-Flores, Guillermo; Qian, Ming – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
This article addresses test translation review in international test comparisons. We investigated the applicability of the theory of test translation error--a theory of the multidimensionality and inevitability of test translation error--across source language-target language combinations in the translation of PISA (Programme of International…
Descriptors: Translation, Error Patterns, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries
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Rodriguez-Mojica, Claudia – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Prominent discourses about emergent bilinguals' academic abilities tend to focus on performance as measured by test scores and perpetuate the message that emergent bilinguals trail far behind their peers. When we remove the constraints of formal testing situations, what can emergent bilinguals do in English as they engage in naturally occurring…
Descriptors: Tests, Scores, Bilingual Students, Language Arts
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Varghese, Manka M.; Snyder, Rachel – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Drawing on the concept of figured worlds, we examined how four preservice teachers in a monoglossically oriented teacher preparation program developed their professional identities and sense of agency as dual language teachers. Figured worlds are socially constructed and culturally recognized realms with a story line and actors who also actively…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Language Teachers, Immigrants, Civil Rights
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Sánchez-Suzuki Colegrove, Kiyomi; Zúñiga, Christian E. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
The purpose of this article is to examine how a first-grade ESL teacher understands teaching and learning as she explores her agency (and that of her students) in implementing and experimenting with project-based instruction (PBI) in her economically, culturally, and linguistically diverse classroom. Utilizing video-cued ethnography and drawing on…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
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Palmer, Deborah K. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Teacher leadership has been variously defined but generally understood as expanding teachers' visions beyond their own classrooms. Bilingual education teachers, working with emergent bilingual students in often marginalized situations and contexts, must develop a critical consciousness to embrace leadership identities. This requires engaging in…
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, Literacy, Bilingualism, Interviews
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Heiman, Daniel; Yanes, Michelle – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
The growth of TWBE programs--mainly due to the surging interest of White English-speaking families--presents the field with myriad challenges and hopeful possibilities. Critical scholars in bilingual education point to an urgency to reissue Guadalupe Valdés's "cautionary note" due to a neoliberal path targeting TWBE programs, posing a…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Bilingual Education Programs, Ethnography, Difficulty Level
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Venegas-Weber, Patricia – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Bilingual teachers' professional identity inquiry may open up possibilities for agency and equality in U.S. dual language contexts. Deploying Borderland, Agency, and Position theories, this article narrates the life histories of three "nepantlera" Chicanx/Latinx dual language bilingual teachers--Jessica, Roberto, and Marta--who work in…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Teaching Experience, Elementary School Teachers
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Delavan, M. Garrett; Valdez, Verónica E.; Freire, Juan A. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Utah's public schools are home to an increasing number of K/1-6 dual language (DL) programs established through a state-centralized model that has sparked interest domestically and internationally. We theorize three potential constituencies of DL--maintenance, heritage, and world language--then use critical discourse analysis to examine how…
Descriptors: Bilingual Education Programs, Discourse Analysis, Public Schools, Elementary School Students
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Sultana, Shaila; Dovchin, Sender – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Based on virtual conversations drawn from two separate intensive ethnographic studies in Bangladesh and Mongolia, we show that popular cultural texts play a significant role in young adults' heteroglossic language practices. On the one hand, they borrow voices from cultural texts and cross the boundaries of language, i.e., codes, modes, and…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Second Language Learning, Language Usage, Self Concept
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