Language and Culture

Reflective Narratives and the Emergence of Identity

Edited by David Nunan, Julie Choi

© 2010 – Routledge

232 pages

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About the Book

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

Foreword

Bonny Norton

 

Preface

David Nunan & Julie Choi

 

Acknowledgments

 

1

Language, culture and identity: Framing the issues

David Nunan & Julie Choi

2

Coat hangers, cowboys, and communication strategies: Seeking an identity as a proficient foreign language learner

Kathleen Bailey

3

Speaking Romance-esque

David Block

4

空 Collaborating on community, sharing experience, troubling the symbolic

Michael Brennan

5

Achieving community

Suresh Canagarajah

6

Another drink in Subanun

Mark Cherry

7

Nonghao, I am a Shanghai noenoe: How do I claim my Shanghaineseness?

Alice Chik

8

Living on the hyphen

Julie Choi

9

Negotiating multiple language identities

Mary Ann Christison

10

Minna no Nihongo? Nai!

Martha Clark Cummings

11

Elaborating the monolingual deficit

Julian Edge

12

The foreign-ness of native speaking teachers of colour

Eljee Javier

13

Otra estaciòn – a first Spanish lesson

Rod Ellis

14

Bewitched: A microethnography of the culture of Majick in Old Salem

Bud Goodall

15

Am I that name?

Stacy Holman-Jones

16

English and me: My language learning journey

Angel Lin

17

Adaptive cultural transformation: Quest for dual social identities

Jun Liu

18

On this writing: An autotheoretic account

Allen Luke

19

Changing cultures and identities in bicultural names: From parents to children

Steve Marshall and Tim Mossman

20

The festival incident

Michael McCarthy

21

Berlin Babylon

Stephen Muecke

22

Changing stripes—chameleon or tiger?

Denise Murray

23

Vanishing Acts

Cynthia D. Nelson

24

Dog Rice and Cultural Dissonance

David Nunan

25

‘Where am I from’: Performative and metro perspectives of origin

Emi Otsuji

26

Sweating cheese and thinking otherwise

Alastair Pennycook

27

Multilingual couple talk

Kimie Takahashi

28

Transforming identities in and through narrative

Sumiko Taniguchi

29

A short course in Globalese

Nury Vittachi

 

Afterword

Claire Kramsch

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
FOR007000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General