Language, Identity and Study Abroad: Sociocultural Perspectives

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Overview

A growing number of foreign language students are taking part in study and residence abroad programs, but what actually happens when they cross cultures in an unfamiliar land? What effect can a sojourn have on their sense of self and their perceptions of the target language and culture? What factors affect their willingness to use the target language in social settings? This book is based on the premise that student sojourners and educators can benefit from a deeper understanding of the language, identity, and cultural factors that impact on the development of intercultural communicative competence and intercultural personhood, a new, alternative identity that is broader, more inclusive, more intercultural - something that will always contain the old and the new side by side to form 'a third kind' - a kind that allows more openness and acceptance of differences in people (Kim, 2001: 232-3). Linking contemporary sociocultural/ identity theories with practice, the relationship between language and cultural learning and identity reconstruction are examined through an ethnographic exploration of the actual experiences of study abroad participants. The book provides a unique, interdisciplinary perspective, addressing issues of importance to professionals in second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, cross-cultural psychology, speech communication, and intercultural communication.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845531423
  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/12/2008
  • Series: Studies in Applied Linguistics Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Vygotskian, Bakhtinian, and Bourdieusian perspectives 14

3 Contemporary poststructuralist notions of language, culture, and identity 31

4 Research site and methodological framework 57

5 Ada's journey 72

6 Cori's journey 102

7 Elsa's journey 133

8 Niki's journey 172

9 Dialectical, situated L2 learning 198

10 Towards a critical praxis in study abroad 220

References 243

Index 258

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