1st Edition

Autobiographical Writing and Identity in EFL Education

ISBN 9780415814874
Published July 29, 2013 by Routledge
290 Pages

USD $170.00

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Book Description

The book explores the pedagogical potential of autobiographical writing in English-as-a-foreign language, approaching the topic from an educational, longitudinal, dialogical, and social perspective. Through a number of case studies, the author delineates four phases that EFL writers may experience in their identity construction processes, illustrating the complexity of EFL writers’ social identities. This book will provide a valuable resource for language teachers and researchers interested in the pedagogical applications of autobiographical writing.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Contexualizing Autobiographical Writing and Identity Work

3. Researching Autobiographical Writing and Identity Work across Languages

4. Abby: "A Butterfly Has No Soul"

5. Matt: "The Smile Became Special"

6. Beth: "A Wonderful Book"

7. Anne: "A Small Clean Warm Plastic"

8. Comparisons Across the Four Case Studies

9. Conclusion

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Shizhou Yang (杨仕洲) teaches English writing at Yunnan University of Nationalities in Kunming, China. He received his PhD in 2011 from La Trobe University in Australia. His current research interests include identity, literacies, autobiographical writing and the use of narrative approaches in minority education.