Identity and sLL from a sociolinguistic perspective. Presented by: Carla Benson Jennifer Robison Katie Woodson. Definitions. What comes to mind when you think of the concept of identity?. Definitions.
A broad, multi-faceted topic:
race, gender, identity, and the politics of ESL
learning. TESOL Quarterly, 33(3), 349-367.
discourses, multiple identities: Investment and
agency in second-language learning among Chinese
adolescence immigrant students. Harvard Educational Review, 66(3), 557-608.
“We have to wonder why we try to really follow the model of the Americans who are Black. Because when you search for yourself, search for identification, you search for someone who reflects you, with whom you have something in common (Amani, p. 364).
Students were conscience that their identities were being shaped by Black culture.
Television helped to learn English quickly.
Identified with rap and hip-hop as a tool for cultural identity and acquiring English.
White population had already perceived them to be “Black” they were fulfilling that role in how they constructed their identities.
Teaching recommendations are to bring in rap/hip-hop into the classroom as a valid approach to learning English and culture of a minority group. In this way, the minority group has validation by the dominant group and culture.
Gaps/Limitations In Research
McKay and Wong:
By using the Contextualist approach it does not facilitate quick pedagogical changes in the system. It does not lead or promote quick intervention. (p. 604)
In future studies may be useful to look at greater outside factors that play a role in the development of identities.
Longitudinal/ethnographic study makes it difficult to replicate or generalize the results.
The article raised more questions than it answered
Practicality of the recommendations for teaching minority students.
I foreground the role of language as constitutive of and constituted by a language learner’s social identity…It is through language that a person negotiates a sense of self within and across different sites at different points in time, and it is through language that a person gains access to – or is denied access to- powerful social networks that give learners the opportunity to speak
(Norton, 2000, p.5)
An ethnographic study of the language practices and discourse patterns of 8 Mexican-origin mothers and their children in Arizona