1st Edition

Racialized Identities in Second Language Learning Speaking Blackness in Brazil

By Uju Anya Copyright 2017
    264 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Racialized Identities in Second Language Learning: Speaking Blackness in Brazil provides a critical overview and original sociolinguistic analysis of the African American experience in second language learning. More broadly, this book introduces the idea of second language learning as "transformative socialization": how learners, instructors, and their communities shape new communicative selves as they collaboratively construct and negotiate race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and social class identities. Uju Anya’s study follows African American college students learning Portuguese in Afro-Brazilian communities, and their journeys in learning to do and speak blackness in Brazil. Video-recorded interactions, student journals, interviews, and writing assignments show how multiple intersecting identities are enacted and challenged in second language learning. Thematic, critical, and conversation analyses describe ways black Americans learn to speak their material, ideological, and symbolic selves in Portuguese and how linguistic action reproduces or resists power and inequity. The book addresses key questions on how learners can authentically and effectively participate in classrooms and target language communities to show that black students' racialized identities and investments in these communities greatly influence their success in second language learning and how successful others perceive them to be.

    Introduction: Why a book on race in language learning?

    Chapter 1: The African American experience in language study: A review of the research

    Chapter 2: Translanguaging identities

    Chapter 3: Telling black stories in language learning research

    Chapter 4: Nina’s story: Race and ethnicity in classrooms and outside

    Chapter 5: Didier’s story: Translanguaging black manhood in multicultural contexts

    Chapter 6: Leti’s story: The racialized, gendered, and social classed body

    Chapter 7: Rose’s story: Redefining participation and success

    Chapter 8: Communities and investments in learning a new language


    Uju Anya is Assistant Professor of Second Language Learning in the College of Education at Pennsylvania State University

    "This compelling and erudite volume should be required reading for foreign language educators and study abroad professionals." –Celeste Kinginger, Department of Applied Linguistics, Pennsylvania State University, USA