Reflections on Multiliterate Lives

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Reflection on Multiliterate Lives is a collection of personal accounts, in narrative and interview format, of the formative literacy experiences of highly successful second language users, all of who are professional academics. Representing fourteen countries in origin, the contributors, well-known specialists in language teaching as well as a variety of other fields in the social and physical sciences, recount in their own words past and present struggles and successes as learners of language and of much else.
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Eighteen contributors from 14 countries of origin<-->all of whom have succeeded in academic careers using a second language<-->tell about their formative literacy experiences. Many are professional language educators, and others work in the physical, mathematical, and social sciences. The point, say the editors, is to show both that an awareness of cultural difference can be a source of great strength, and that no discipline should be seen as out of reach for second- language users. Distributed in the US by UTP Distribution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853595219
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: Bilingual Education and Bilingualism Series, #26
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction 1
Pt. I Language Specialists as Language Learners
The Fortunate Traveler: Shuttling Between Communities and Literacies by Economy Class 23
Initiating into Academic Community: Some Autobiographical Reflections 38
Reminiscences of a Multilingual Life: A Personal Case History 51
Developing Literacy Can and Should Be Fun: But Only Sometimes Is 60
Straddling Three Worlds 67
How a Speaker of Two Second Languages Becomes a Writer in a Foreign Language 74
From L1 to L12: The Confessions of a Sometimes Frustrated Multiliterate 79
My Experience of Learning to Read and Write in Japanese as L1 and English as L2 96
An Introspective Account of L2 Writing Acquisition 110
Writing from Chinese to English: My Cultural Transformation 121
Pt. II Crossing Cultures Across the Disciplines
Learning is a Lifelong Process 135
Linguistic Experiences of a Mathematical Career 141
Taking the Best from a Number of Worlds: An Interview with Hooshang Hemami 150
Growing up Trilingual: Memories of an Armenian/ Arabic/English Speaker 161
How Can I Help Make a Difference? An Interview with Robert Agunga 165
A Professional Academic Life in Two Languages: An Interview with Maria Julia 177
On Being a Citizen of the World: An Interview with Luis Proenza 191
The Advantages of Starting Out Multilingual: An Interview with Steven Beering 200
App.: Guiding Questions 209
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