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Language, Identity and Study Abroad

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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.

Published: Oct 1, 2008


Section Chapter Authors
Acknowledgements Jane Jackson
Introduction Jane Jackson
Vygotskian, Bakhtinian, and Bourdieusian perspectives Jane Jackson
Contemporary poststructuralist notions of language, culture, and identity Jane Jackson
Research site and methodological framework Jane Jackson
Ada’s journey Jane Jackson
Cori’s journey Jane Jackson
Elsa’s journey Jane Jackson
Niki’s journey Jane Jackson
Dialectical, situated L2 learning Jane Jackson
Towards a critical praxis in study abroad Jane Jackson
References Jane Jackson
Index Jane Jackson

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'...this book provides a unique, interdisciplinary perspective on SA research and practice, addressing issues in second language acquisition, second/foreign language teaching, sociolinguistics, cross-cultural psychology, sociology, postcolonial studies, race relations, speech communication and intercultural communication. This broad relevance makes it an important resource for a range of audiences, from students in SA programs, to graduate students in applied linguistics or intercultural communication as well as to international educators, second or foreign language students, international business people or indeed anyone who crosses cultures in today’s globalised world.'
Hongyan Yang, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Australian Reivew of Applied Linguistics, Vol 33, No 3, 2010

'...this book stands as a highly original and substantial addition to the body of study abroad research, essential reading for linguists interested in identity and intercultural issues, and fascinating for all those who enjoy accounts of meetings with others.'
BAAL News, 93 (Winter 2009)