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Siffrinn, Nicole E.; McGovern, Kathleen R. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This paper explores the identity construction of multilingual and multidialectal middle school students in a semester-long youth participatory action research (YPAR) project. In particular, it moves beyond an emancipatory discourse that views youth identity development from a point of marginalization by drawing on Foucauldian notions of discourse,…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Action Research, Self Concept, Social Change
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Christoffersen, Katherine – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
In the U.S./Mexico borderlands, local language varieties face frequent discrimination and delegitimization or "linguistic terrorism." The present study uses the three-level positioning framework to analyze how young adults in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) in south Texas construct borderland identities by positioning themselves with respect…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Language Variation, Self Concept, Social Discrimination
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Qin, Kongji – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This classroom discourse study examines how curriculum becomes a resource for identity performance in one ESL classroom. Conceptualizing identity as performance, I adopt a small stories approach to analyze how one routinized vocabulary instructional activity was appropriated by classroom participants to perform identities and construct the…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Classroom Communication, Immigrants, English (Second Language)
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McPherron, Paul; McIntosh, Kyle – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
In this article, we discuss three cross-cultural memoirs used in three different university courses that introduced students to the complex identities that form both inside and outside of language classrooms. In arguing for the value of using such memoirs as content in university courses, we provide a detailed thematic analysis of Peter Hessler's…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Self Concept
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Song, Juyoung – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This study explores writing in Korean as an additional language in the United States and South Korea, focusing on learners' perceptions, attitudes, and informal writing practices outside the class. As sociolinguistic characteristics of a language such as the status and tradition of writing affect learners' views and practices, this study includes…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Korean, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes
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Lenkaitis, Chesla Ann; Calo, Stephanie; Venegas Escobar, Salvador – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This study qualitatively investigated students from a Mexican university and a U.S. university and how their intercultural competence (IC), the ability to appropriately and effectively communicate with others from countries and cultures other than one's own, was affected by a five-week telecollaborative exchange. To examine the ways in which…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Intercultural Communication, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Smith-Christmas, Cassie; Bergroth, Mari; Bezcioglu-Göktolga, Irem – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This article scrutinizes the concept of "success" in family language policy (henceforth FLP). Situated in three large-scale ethnographic projects, we center on the lived experiences of a parent in three families negotiating a pro-minority language FLP. These parents' experiences are embedded in different sociopolitical contexts: an…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Family Relationship, Language Minorities, Ethnography
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Allard, Elaine C.; Apt, Sarah; Sacks, Isabel – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This study explores language policies in "almost-bilingual" classrooms, in which most but not all students share a home language. Teachers who are bilingual face a dilemma in these settings. Should they draw on shared linguistic expertise to benefit the majority while excluding a few, or should they forego significant benefits for most…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Multilingualism, Hispanic American Students, High School Students
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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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