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1st Edition

Communicating Identities

ISBN 9781138295520
Published March 3, 2020 by Routledge
286 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Communicating Identities is a book for language teachers who wish to focus on the topic of identity in the context of their classroom teaching. The work provides an accessible introduction to research and theory on language learner and language teacher identity. It provides a set of interactive, practical activities for use in language classrooms in which students explore and communicate about aspects of their identities. The communicative activities concern the various facets of the students’ own identities and are practical resources that teachers can draw on to structure and guide their students’ exploration of their identities. All the activities include a follow-on teacher reflection in which teachers explore aspects of their own identity in relation to the learner identities explored in the activities. The book also introduces teachers to practical steps in doing exploratory action research so that they can investigate identity systematically in their own classrooms.

Table of Contents


Part 1 - From Research to Implications

A. Introduction

B. Organization of Part 1

C. Starting with the Big Issues

D. Conceptualizing Language Learner Identity

E. Conceptualizing Language Teacher Identity

F. Implications of Identity Research for Application

G. Looking Ahead: Communicating Identities

Part 2 - From Implications to Application

A. Introduction

B. Reflexing Identities

Activity 1: This is (not) like me

Activity 2: Celebrating birthdays

Activity 3: What makes me me?

Activity 4: Tweeting

Activity 5: Memories and smells

Activity 6: Maps of the world

Activity 7: Using our brains!

Activity 8: The gender of objects

Activity 9: Food and identity

Activity 10: Author presence

Activity 11: Chickens in cages

Activity 12: My ideal holiday

C. Projecting Identities

Activity 13: Introducing ourselves

Activity 14: What’s in a name?

Activity 15: Gay men playing rugby

Activity 16: Relationships and age

Activity 17: The clothes we wear

Activity 18: Why is Facebook so popular?

Activity 19: Idiomatic language

Activity 20: Make your own cartoon

Activity 21: There’s a little bit of good in everyone

Activity 22: Proverbs and you

Activity 23: Justifying your opinion

Activity 24: Pictures at an exhibition

D. Recognizing Identities

Activity 25: A good friend

Activity 26: Who are these women?

Activity 27: Film critic

Activity 28: Identity theft

Activity 29: Teacher roles

Activity 30: Gendered identities in occupations

Activity 31: Stereotyping

Activity 32: Questioning national identities

Activity 33: Designing a questionnaire

Activity 34: Writing a report

Activity 35: No laughing matter

Activity 36: The language of ads

E. Imagining Identities

Activity 37: What kind of wild animal?

Activity 38: Me flying high

Activity 39: My dream room

Activity 40: Names for (online) gamers

Activity 41: The aliens have landed

Activity 42: Speaking English tomorrow

Activity 43: Identity quotes

Activity 44: Different perspectives

Activity 45: What makes them them?

Activity 46: Social justice and advertising

Activity 47: Consumer identity

Activity 48: Transport of the future

Part 3 - From Application to Implementation

A. Introduction

B. Organization of Part 3

C. Characteristics of the Curriculum

D. Planning Activities

E. Implementing Activities in the Classroom

F. What Should We Do After the Activities?

Part 4 - From Implementation to Research

A. Introduction

B. Organization of Part 4

C. What is Exploratory Action Research?

D. Selecting Topics to Explore

E. Gathering Information

F. Narrative Inquiry

G. Making Sense of the Information Gathered

H. Sharing Your Findings

I. Conclusion




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Gary Barkhuizen is professor of applied linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of language teacher education, teacher and learner identity, study abroad, and narrative inquiry. He is editor of Reflections on Language Teacher Identity Research (Routledge, 2017) and Qualitative Research Topics in Language Teacher Education (Routledge, 2019).

Pat Strauss is associate professor at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Her teaching and research interests include academic writing, student and teacher identity, language teacher education, and English for research and publication purposes.