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Race, Culture, and Identities in Second Language Education
Exploring Critically Engaged Practice

ISBN 9780415995078
Published June 1, 2009 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

The concept and construct of race is often implicitly yet profoundly connected to issues of culture and identity. Meeting an urgent need for empirical and conceptual research that specifically explores critical issues of race, culture, and identities in second language education, the key questions addressed in this groundbreaking volume are these:

  • How are issues of race relevant to second language education?
  • How does whiteness influence students’ and teachers’ sense of self and instructional practices?
  • How do discourses of racialization influence the construction of student identities and subjectivities?
  • How do discourses on race, such as colorblindness, influence classroom practices, educational interventions, and parental involvement?
  • How can teachers transform the status quo?

Each chapter is grounded in theory and provides implications for engaged practice. Topics cover a wide range of themes that emerge from various pedagogical contexts. Authors from diverse racial/ethnic/cultural backgrounds and geopolitical locations include both established and beginning scholars in the field, making the content vibrant and stimulating. Pre-reading Questions and Discussion Questions in each chapter facilitate comprehension and encourage dialogue.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Chapter 1: Race, Culture, and Identities in Second Language Education: Introduction to Research and Practice

Ryuko Kubota and Angel Lin

Part I: Interrogating Whiteness


Chapter 2: Unpacking White Racial Identity in English Language Teacher Education

Tonda Liggett

Chapter 3: The Ideal English Speaker: A Juxtaposition of Globalization and Language Policy in South Korea and Racialized Language Attitudes in the United States

Rachel A. Grant and Incho Lee

Chapter 4: Construction of Racial Stereotypes in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Textbooks: Images as Discourse

Cosette Taylor-Mendes

Chapter 5: "It’s Not Them; It’s Not Their Fault": Manifestations of Racism in the Schooling of Latina/os and ELLs

Sherry Marx

Part II: Racializing Discourses and Identity Construction in Educational Settings


Chapter 6: Uninhabitable identifications: Unpacking the Production of Racial Difference in a TESOL Classroom

Constance Ellwood

Chapter 7: Understanding the Racialized Identities of Asian Students in Predominantly White Schools

Lan Hue Quach, Ji-Yeon O. Jo, and Luis Urrieta, Jr.

Chapter 8: Classroom Positionings and Children’s Construction of Linguistic and Racial Identities in English-Dominant Classrooms

Laurie Katz & Ana Christina DaSilva Iddings

Chapter 9: Race and Technology in Teacher Education: Where is the Access?

Francis Bangou & Shelley Wong

Chapter 10: Operating Under Erasure: Race/Language/Identity

Awad Ibrahim

Part III: Toward a Dialectic of Critically Engaged Praxis


Chapter 11: Colorblind Nonaccommodative Denial: Implications for Teachers’ Meaning Perspectives towards their Mexican American English Learners

Socorro Herrera and Amanda Rodriguez Morales

Chapter 12: Transforming the Curriculum of NNESTs: Introducing Critical Language Awareness (CLA) in a Teacher Education Program

Carmen Chacón

Chapter 13: Narratives in the Wild: Unpacking Critical Race Theory Methodology for Early Childhood Bilingual Education

Sara Michael-Luna

Chapter 14: Linguicism and Race in the United States: Impact on Teacher Education from Past to Present

Theresa Austin

Chapter 15: Un/Marked Pedagogies: A Dialogue on Race in EFL and ESL Settings

Eve Haque & Brian Morgan

Chapter 16: Race and Language as Capital in School: A Sociological Template for Language Education Reform

Allan Luke

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Ryuko Kubota is Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

Angel Lin is Associate Professor in the Department of English, University of Hong Kong.



"…a pioneering collection of groundbreaking studies that interrogate how race operates overtly and covertly in contexts of second language learning." -- Angela Reyes, Hunter College, City University of New York