This state-of-the-art exploration of language, culture, and identity is orchestrated through prominent scholars’ and teachers’ narratives, each weaving together three elements: a personal account based on one or more memorable or critical incidents that occurred in the course of learning or using a second or foreign language; an interpretation of the incidents highlighting their impact in terms of culture, identity, and language; the connections between the experiences and observations of the author and existing literature on language, culture and identity.
What makes this book stand out is the way in which authors meld traditional ‘academic’ approaches to inquiry with their own personalized voices. This opens a window on different ways of viewing and doing research in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. What gives the book its power is the compelling nature of the narratives themselves. Telling stories is a fundamental way of representing and making sense of the human condition. These stories unpack, in an accessible but rigorous fashion, complex socio-cultural constructs of culture, identity, the self and other, and reflexivity, and offer a way into these constructs for teachers, teachers in preparation and neophyte researchers. Contributors from around the world give the book broad and international appeal.
Table of Contents
David Nunan & Julie Choi
Language, culture and identity: Framing the issues
David Nunan & Julie Choi
Coat hangers, cowboys, and communication strategies: Seeking an identity as a proficient foreign language learner
空 Collaborating on community, sharing experience, troubling the symbolic
Another drink in Subanun
Nonghao, I am a Shanghai noenoe: How do I claim my Shanghaineseness?
Living on the hyphen
Negotiating multiple language identities
Mary Ann Christison
Minna no Nihongo? Nai!
Martha Clark Cummings
Elaborating the monolingual deficit
The foreign-ness of native speaking teachers of colour
Otra estaciòn – a first Spanish lesson
Bewitched: A microethnography of the culture of Majick in Old Salem
Am I that name?
English and me: My language learning journey
Adaptive cultural transformation: Quest for dual social identities
On this writing: An autotheoretic account
Changing cultures and identities in bicultural names: From parents to children
Steve Marshall and Tim Mossman
The festival incident
Changing stripes—chameleon or tiger?
Cynthia D. Nelson
Dog Rice and Cultural Dissonance
‘Where am I from’: Performative and metro perspectives of origin
Sweating cheese and thinking otherwise
Multilingual couple talk
Transforming identities in and through narrative
A short course in Globalese
David Nunan is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Anaheim University, California, Emeritus Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Professor in Education at the University of NSW, and Senior Academic Advisor to Global English Corporation in San Francisco.
Julia Choi is Teaching and Research Assistant in the Faculty of Education at the University of Technology, Sydney.