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Complaining As Reflective Practice In Tesol Teacher–Mentor Post-Observation Meetings, Santoi Wagner, Kristina B. Lewis Apr 2019

Complaining As Reflective Practice In Tesol Teacher–Mentor Post-Observation Meetings, Santoi Wagner, Kristina B. Lewis

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This study investigates interactions between a novice language teacher and TESOL practicum mentor during a series of post-observation meetings, focusing on how and why the teacher engages in complaining. We draw upon conversation analysis and narrative analysis to look at how the teacher’s complaints are developed and managed, as well as what they accomplish, within the institutional context. The data show the novice teacher uses a variety of interactional resources to construct complaints about her co-teacher, a peer observer, and the practicum course workload. We argue that complaints are relevant to reflective practice and show how the teacher’s ...


An Inquiry Approach To Understanding Students’ Learning Goals In An Adult English For Speakers Of Other Languages Classroom, Emily Schwab Apr 2019

An Inquiry Approach To Understanding Students’ Learning Goals In An Adult English For Speakers Of Other Languages Classroom, Emily Schwab

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This paper seeks to expand discussions about identifying students’ learning aspirations in adult English for Speakers of Other Languages classes in the United States. By critically examining the process of ascertaining students’ learning goals and dreams for the future in one adult ESOL class, the author explores how an inquiry approach to this process opened space for centering students in class learning design and the implications it has for complicating researchers’ understandings of forming curriculum around the reasons students expressed for coming to class. Utilizing data from a year-long practitioner inquiry project, the teacher–researcher offers a perspective on centering ...


Global Citizenship And Local Social Relations In The Discourse Of Self- Development: Translanguaging In Address Terms, Jay Jo Apr 2019

Global Citizenship And Local Social Relations In The Discourse Of Self- Development: Translanguaging In Address Terms, Jay Jo

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This study examines communicative practices of a group of South Korean adults conducting self‑organized English practice to develop their oral competence in English. In the context of globalization, these young Koreans organized a study group that practiced English‑mediated communication as a means of self-development—a collective discourse in South Korea that encourages individuals to make relentless efforts to develop oneself. However, in this study of communicative practices in a study group, I found that members of the group endorse not only such a societal discourse but also the making of locally-based social relationships among the people sharing similar ...


Embracing Students’ Diverse Communicative Repertoires To Change English As A Second Language Classroom Participation Dynamics, Patricia Miele Apr 2019

Embracing Students’ Diverse Communicative Repertoires To Change English As A Second Language Classroom Participation Dynamics, Patricia Miele

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Student-initiated interaction is often difficult to achieve in English as a second language classes, despite its value for improving students’ oral communication skills. This problem is exacerbated by English-only rhetoric, common in classrooms around the world, which demands monolingual communication or no communication at all. In contrast, students can be encouraged to draw on their diverse communicative repertoires even in English language classes with mixed first languages (L1s) when those repertoires are seen as assets. In the example analyzed in this article, a Chinese student managed to break her way into a clique of Saudi Arabian students by bringing Chinese ...


Code Switch At An Alternative High School, Dean Schmeltz Apr 2019

Code Switch At An Alternative High School, Dean Schmeltz

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A two-year, ethnographic study of the use of the term code switch within an alternative high school community reveals that it has taken on a distinct, institutional meaning. Observed primarily as a reprimand, teachers nonetheless downplayed the significance of the disciplinary term in interviews. However, Black students expressed a sense of being asked to switch between two versions of themselves, only one of which is professional enough to belong in school. Students generally accepted that this was what teachers implied by the term, but some rejected the idea that code switching is a fundamental change, or that the change should ...


Analyzing Co-Teacher Turns As Interactional Resources, Xiaoyu Wang Apr 2019

Analyzing Co-Teacher Turns As Interactional Resources, Xiaoyu Wang

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Collaborative teaching is widely adopted in teacher-training programs in the United States for the positive influence it has on teachers’ professionalism and on students’ learning. Though there are a vast number of studies on the Initiation- Response-Feedback (IRF) sequence between teachers and students, studies on the use of IRF in co-teaching contexts are scarce. The current study focuses on interactions between two pre-service teachers in a semester-long adult ESL classroom at a U.S. university. Through a discourse analysis of the leading and non-leading teachers’ interactions within the IRF sequence, the study has found that the nonleading teacher utilized the ...


What Is Normal In Educational Linguistics?, Jennifer Phuong Apr 2019

What Is Normal In Educational Linguistics?, Jennifer Phuong

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In this note from the field, I explore what is considered normal in educational linguistics when considering language in special education contexts through a Disability Studies in Education perspective. In highlighting theoretical perspectives that simultaneously complement and complicate one another, I argue that our field should more carefully consider processes of ableism and racism in issues of language and education.


Interpreting And Implementing Interculturality: Eib Educators And In-Service Teacher Training Programs, Frances Kvietok Jun 2018

Interpreting And Implementing Interculturality: Eib Educators And In-Service Teacher Training Programs, Frances Kvietok

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Built on the premise that there is a gap between policy design and policy implementation, this paper seeks to understand how Peruvian teachers make sense of and implement Intercultural Bilingual Education (EIB) policy. EIB policy, introduced in 1991, recognizes the linguistic and cultural rights of marginalized indigenous students in schooling. This paper explores how in-service teacher training workshops influence teachers’ interpretation and implementation of interculturality by looking at experiences of the teacher training workshops run by Fundación HoPe Holanda Perú (HOPE) and Asociación Pukllasunchis in Cusco, Peru. Through this analysis, the paper shows how in-service teacher training workshops can contribute ...


Sla In Uncertain Times: Disciplinary Constraints, Transdisciplinary Hopes, Lourdes Ortega Apr 2018

Sla In Uncertain Times: Disciplinary Constraints, Transdisciplinary Hopes, Lourdes Ortega

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We live in uncertain times in an uncertain world. While large-scale efforts exist to end poverty, promote peace, share wealth, and protect the planet, we are witnessing serious deterioration of solidarity and respect for human diversity, coupled with alarming tides of authoritarian populism in the West. Many multilinguals—even more so multilinguals in marginalized communities—are vulnerable in the present climate. Researching bi/multilingualism is the business of second language acquisition (SLA) researchers. How well equipped is this field to respond to the present challenges? In this article I unpack four constraints that I believe hamper SLA’s capacity to ...


English-Medium Instruction Policies In South Korean Higher Education, Katherine I. Kang Apr 2018

English-Medium Instruction Policies In South Korean Higher Education, Katherine I. Kang

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With the rise of globalization and the spread of English, English-medium instruction (EMI) has become a common practice among higher education institutions around the world. In the past two decades, many South Korean universities have also established and implemented institution-wide EMI policies. Using Ricento and Hornberger’s (1996) metaphor of the language planning and policy (LPP) onion as a heuristic, this paper looks at the different LPP layers involved in shaping these institutional EMI policies and describes how the global EMI phenomenon has been taken up in the South Korean national and institutional contexts. Furthermore, this paper elucidates the motivations ...


Debating Arabic: Governmentality And Language Controversy In Algeria, Gareth Smail Apr 2018

Debating Arabic: Governmentality And Language Controversy In Algeria, Gareth Smail

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In this paper, I examine how discourses of language and citizenship are intertwined in Algeria. While this issue is typically approached with an eye to how different linguistic groups compete for power within the domain of language policy, I use the framework of governmentality (Foucault, 1991) to show a more complicated picture. Specifically, I argue that political ideologies imply different conceptions of what it means to teach Algeria’s official language of education, Standard Arabic (alfuṣḥā). While nationalist ideologies envision an Arabic education tied to Islam and/ or the Middle East, neoliberal ideologies reject that model and argue for an ...


Narratives Of Becoming: Social Personae And School Choice In The Italian Education System, Andrea R. Leone-Pizzighella Apr 2018

Narratives Of Becoming: Social Personae And School Choice In The Italian Education System, Andrea R. Leone-Pizzighella

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Over a ten-month period of linguistic ethnographic research in three secondary schools in central Italy, I conducted interviews with third-year students about how they came to choose the school they currently attend. Students told of chance encounters, moments of madness, institutional pressures, and social expectations, often hinting at tumultuous narratives. Since the three secondary school types in this research—lyceums, technical schools, and vocational schools—are popularly believed to attract specific types of students, interviews and everyday metacommentary (Rymes, 2014) about the schools and the people inside them hold great social importance. In this paper, I consider how the school ...


Narrating A Novice Language Teacher Identity: What’S At Stake When Telling Stories Of Struggle, Kristina B. Lewis Apr 2018

Narrating A Novice Language Teacher Identity: What’S At Stake When Telling Stories Of Struggle, Kristina B. Lewis

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Within language teacher education (LTE), telling stories about their teaching allows novice teachers to make sense of their experiences, explore problems and pedagogical strategies, and develop coherent identities as skilled language teachers. The stakes are high, though, when we ask—or require—novice teachers to talk about moments of challenge, or even failure, in front of their peers and evaluators. In this paper, I examine two stories told by one novice teacher—about the same teaching event, but framing this first as a success and then as a challenge—within an LTE course discussion to demonstrate how she works to ...


From Student Shyness To Student Voice: Mapping Biliteracy Teaching In Indigenous Contexts, Nancy H. Hornberger, Frances Kvietok Dueñas Apr 2017

From Student Shyness To Student Voice: Mapping Biliteracy Teaching In Indigenous Contexts, Nancy H. Hornberger, Frances Kvietok Dueñas

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Drawing on an ethnographic monitoring engagement with Kichwa intercultural bilingual educators in the Peruvian Amazon, we argue for ethnographic monitoring (Hymes, 1980) as a method and the continua of biliteracy (Hornberger, 1989, 1990, 2003; Hornberger & Skilton-Sylvester, 2000) as a heuristic for mapping biliteracy teaching in Indigenous contexts of bilingualism. Through our mapping, we uncover tensions in the teaching of majoritized languages in Indigenous contexts of postcoloniality, challenge constructs of student shyness, and propose pedagogies to support the flourishing of student voice in bilingual education.


Planning Math Language In The United States, 1650 To 1945, Mark C. Lewis Apr 2017

Planning Math Language In The United States, 1650 To 1945, Mark C. Lewis

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Within mathematics education in the United States, educators and scholars have worked to identify ways of using language that students of mathematics must perform. I describe how mathematics educators from 1650–1945 have argued whether or how language is important for learning and doing mathematics. Framing these arguments as a form of language policy and planning, I apply intertextual research methods (Johnson, 2015) and the framework of enregisterment (Agha, 2007) to present explicit and implicit policy and planning for math language as intertextually linked models of linguistic behavior. I also summarize the gradual development of math language alongside wider shifts ...


Disability And Language Ideologies In Education Policy, Jennifer Phuong Apr 2017

Disability And Language Ideologies In Education Policy, Jennifer Phuong

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Through policy discourse analysis, this paper explores ideologies around language and disability in U.S. federal education legislation, specifically the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA) and the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA). This exploration draws from the fields of language planning and policy and disability studies in education, which are both problem-oriented fields that rely on the examination of social problems. In considering disproportionality and discourses of ableism and racism, I argue that de facto language education policy implicit in IDEA and ESSA supports the model of a White, normal, abled student who speaks ...


Policy Barriers To Ainu Language Revitalization In Japan: When Globalization Means English, David H. Hanks Apr 2017

Policy Barriers To Ainu Language Revitalization In Japan: When Globalization Means English, David H. Hanks

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For over a century the Ainu language has been threatened with disappearance as a result of language policies imposed by the Japanese following colonization of Ainu Mosir (now known as Hokkaidō), the Indigenous Ainu homeland. With recent legal and political victories, the Ainu have begun to reclaim their Indigenous culture and language within local communities, on the wider national stage, and internationally. However, while Ainu revitalization efforts continue, discourses of globalization in Japan have contributed to a dramatic increase in the status of English-as-a-foreign-language education, eclipsing other foreign and minority languages at all levels. Examining current policies, both de jure ...


Snapshots Of Yucatec Maya Language Practices: Language Policy And Planning Activities In The Yucatán Peninsula, Aldo Anzures Tapia Apr 2017

Snapshots Of Yucatec Maya Language Practices: Language Policy And Planning Activities In The Yucatán Peninsula, Aldo Anzures Tapia

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Metaphors, although many times more poetic than political, have been instrumental in understanding the complexity of language policy and planning (LPP). In this paper, I refer to and compare photographic processing to current LPP activities in Quintana Roo, the newest Mexican state. Based on corpus analyses of policy texts and ethnographic snapshots, this paper investigates how sectors such as health, social development, human rights, and justice employ Indigenous languages in ways that complement but also contradict LPP activities at the national, regional, and state levels. Overall, this research widens the LPP lens by inviting educational researchers to tell more stories ...


El Papel De La L1 En La Construcción De La Auto-Identificación Cultural: Análisis De Las Trayectorias De Jóvenes Rumanos En Cataluña, Cristina PetreñAs, Cecilio Lapestra, Ángel Huguet Oct 2016

El Papel De La L1 En La Construcción De La Auto-Identificación Cultural: Análisis De Las Trayectorias De Jóvenes Rumanos En Cataluña, Cristina PetreñAs, Cecilio Lapestra, Ángel Huguet

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Analizamos el papel de la L1, sus usos y la valoración social de las lenguas en la construcción identitaria de los jóvenes rumanos desde el interaccionismo simbólico y una perspectiva sociocultural en función de su asistencia o no al Programa de Lengua, Civilización y Cultura Rumana (LCCR). A través de entrevistas en profundidad y un análisis cualitativo, se estudian las trayectorias de 5 jóvenes que residen en Cataluña, un contexto multilingüe y multicultural. Los resultados muestran un progresivo abandono de la L1, utilizada en el contexto familiar y a la que atribuyen una dimensión emocional anclada en el origen. El ...


Bilingual Colombia Program: Curriculum As Product, Only?, Norbella Miranda Oct 2016

Bilingual Colombia Program: Curriculum As Product, Only?, Norbella Miranda

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Bilingual Colombia Program (BCP), the current educational language policy, aims to develop English language proficiency at an independent user level, equivalent to B1 in the Common European Framework. Previous studies of the BCP have revealed a limited conceptualization of bilingualism, unfavorable school conditions for its implementation and school practices not contributing to its main goals. The ideological view of curriculum embodied in policy documents of the BCP has not been analyzed yet. Based on Shirley Grundy’s (1987) heuristics for understanding curriculum theory and practice and supported by research in the field of language policy, the paper unveils the product-oriented ...


Who And What Is The Field Of Applied Linguistics Overlooking?: Why This Matters And How Educational Linguistics Can Help, Kendall A. King Oct 2016

Who And What Is The Field Of Applied Linguistics Overlooking?: Why This Matters And How Educational Linguistics Can Help, Kendall A. King

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Thousands of individuals in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere are currently endeavoring to learn highly endangered, Indigenous languages, most laboring under conditions that are radically different from the majority of world language learners. These learning contexts are defined not only by shortages of materials, limited domains of use, few proficient speakers, and wide dialectal variation, but by histories of colonialism, racism, and oppression. To date, there has been relatively limited interaction between applied linguistics scholarship on language learning on the one hand, and Indigenous language education on the other. Concomitantly, despite massive worldwide demographic shifts of recent decades, applied ...


Play And Bricolage In Adult Second Language Classrooms, Amanda Snell Oct 2016

Play And Bricolage In Adult Second Language Classrooms, Amanda Snell

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Teachers working with adult immigrants and refugees who have beginner-level proficiency in English face a tension: Learners need to acquire basic English skills (often referred to as survival English), but survival materials often ignore the rich experiences and knowledge that students possess but cannot easily communicate in their second (or additional) language. This article argues that text-based language play and bricolage, or the construction of something new from available resources, allow adult learners with beginning English proficiency to display their multiple forms of knowledge while also practicing basic English. In this paper, I present texts created by learners in a ...


Listening To Contextualization Cues: Co-Constructed Power, Identity, And Learning Between A Nnest And Adult Immigrant Learners, Bingjie Zheng Oct 2016

Listening To Contextualization Cues: Co-Constructed Power, Identity, And Learning Between A Nnest And Adult Immigrant Learners, Bingjie Zheng

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In the United States, the immigrant population explosion has been calling for increasing attention to English instruction for immigrant learners. In comparison with prolific literature on immigrant English language learners (ELLs) in K–12 educational settings, literature on English instruction for adult immigrant learners at non-profit organizations, especially through microanalysis of classroom interaction, is scarce. Using a microethnographic method, this study explores how a nonnative English speaking student teacher picks up classroom contextualization cues (Gumperz, 1977) to understand how adult immigrant learners negotiate their learning needs and how their classroom habitus (Bourdieu, 1977a) embodies the social forces outside of class ...


Mexicans Be Like, Briana Nichols Apr 2016

Mexicans Be Like, Briana Nichols

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This article explores the use of “Mexicans Be Like” memes in terms of the heteroglossic tension they both employ and produce, and the ways in which meme examples creatively recontextualize ideas about immigration, the border, contested histories, models of personhood, racialization and presumptions of social value. I understand these memes as an opportunity for viewers to position themselves in political, social and cultural landscapes, and in so doing contribute to an environment where consumers are not passive but quintessentially productive, altering the meme content, and redeploying them into new social domains. In an attempt to appreciate the work “Mexicans Be ...


Speaking On Your Own Behalf: Managing Footing And Representation In “Indigenous,” Intercultural Public Discourse, Stephen Peters Apr 2016

Speaking On Your Own Behalf: Managing Footing And Representation In “Indigenous,” Intercultural Public Discourse, Stephen Peters

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In Canadian cities, public podium talks featuring Indigenous speakers are increasingly turned to as an avenue for raising public awareness and promoting social change. Podium talks provide occasions for Indigenous activists and spokespeople to tell their own stories, to speak on their own behalf. Yet, as a particular mode of discursive interaction, they also organize how such telling unfolds. Through an in-depth discourse analysis of one talk addressing Indigenous eco-activism, focusing in particular on pronoun use and quoted speech, this paper examines the affordances and obligations present in speaking both about Indigenous people and as an Indigenous person to non-Indigenous ...


Fresas, Nacos Y Lo Que Le Sigue: Towards A Sketch Of Two Mexican Emblematic Models Of Personhood, Sofía Chaparro Apr 2016

Fresas, Nacos Y Lo Que Le Sigue: Towards A Sketch Of Two Mexican Emblematic Models Of Personhood, Sofía Chaparro

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In this paper I sketch out two widely recognized cultural stereotypes in Mexico: fresas and nacos. Using a linguistic anthropological framework, I describe the semiotic registers of these stereotypical figures, illustrating them through various types of media, including internet images, videos, and popular songs. I then provide a tentative historical account of when these figures emerged and how they became enregistered in the Mexican imaginary. I make the case that these stereotypical figures are tied to a deeply rooted classism and racism in Mexico that are traces of its colonial legacy.


“A Treasure” And “A Legacy”: Individual And Communal (Re)Valuing Of Isthmus Zapotec In Multilingual Mexico, Haley De Korne Apr 2016

“A Treasure” And “A Legacy”: Individual And Communal (Re)Valuing Of Isthmus Zapotec In Multilingual Mexico, Haley De Korne

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Speaking Isthmus Zapotec has represented different forms of material and symbolic capital at different times and places throughout the pre-Hispanic, colonial and post-colonial history of Mexico. This chapter explores the shifting and contrasting discourses of value around the language in the current era of neoliberal multiculturalism drawing on an ethnographic study of the use of Isthmus Zapotec in educational contexts in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. The effects of educational politics across historical eras and into the present have largely devalued Isthmus Zapotec use and contributed to the material inequalities experienced by Isthmus Zapotec speakers. The social capital associated with Isthmus ...


Evaluations In Mexico: Institutionalizing The Silence Of Indigenous Populations, Aldo A. Tapia Oct 2015

Evaluations In Mexico: Institutionalizing The Silence Of Indigenous Populations, Aldo A. Tapia

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This paper frames the role of national assessments in Mexico from the sociology of absences perspective, where the marginalized are actively produced as non-existent. The ENLACE (now PLANEA), as the most publicized Mexican assessment, is analyzed in order to understand how education mechanisms systematically omit the voices and languages of minoritized populations. Using governmental policies and documents, this paper argues that Indigenous children in basic education are intentionally caught in a cycle of assessment inequalities by the institutionalization of one-language, one-culture assessment tools. Overall, the paper advocates for the design of just assessment tools that have clear pedagogical intentions and ...


The Social Life Of Orthography Development, Coleman Donaldson Oct 2015

The Social Life Of Orthography Development, Coleman Donaldson

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From a linguistic perspective the development of orthography for a language is often taken as a scientific endeavor involving the adoption of a set of graphic conventions for mapping the phonemic system of a language. In this paper I unpack how orthography development and use is necessarily wrapped up in socio-political debates. Approaching orthography graphically, I demonstrate how spelling itself frequently carries implicit metacommentary connected to these debates. Next, looking at orthography’s link with speech I argue that ideologies of language in departmentalized linguistics ignore and obscure the way orthography interacts with register phenomena within a language.


Ethnic Multilingual Education In China: A Critical Observation, Ge Wang Oct 2015

Ethnic Multilingual Education In China: A Critical Observation, Ge Wang

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This paper reviews the ethnic multilingual policies and practices in China in general and Yunnan in particular. It first introduces the demographic features and multilingual policies in Yunnan and then discusses the challenges of ethnic minority education in China from a critical perspective in terms of policy and curriculum. It is argued that it is necessary to re-conceptualize ethnic minority learners in an ever dynamic sociocultural discourse in contemporary China. The author proposes to deepen the research in ethnic multilingual education so as to develop a curriculum to meet the needs of ethnic multicultural learners in the 21st century and ...