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Somali Community Association of Ohio

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carlotta penn

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Transcript of Somali Community Association of Ohio

Negotiating Identities Among Somali Immigrants
in An Adult English Language and Citizenship Class

Social Construction:
Language, Identity, and Citizenship
Somali Community Association of Ohio
Social Justice is the Foundation
How can I focus the project on social justice in education?
Class and Participants
Somali instructor. Seven students, all Somali. Four women and three men.

Non-profit organization serving immigrants in Columbus Ohio, with respect to education, healthcare, and employment.

How do the students and instructor in the ESL and citizenship class at the Somali Community Association of Ohio use English language to negotiate their shifting identities
The English and Citizenship class at SCAO provides an opportunity for adult Somali immigrants to make meaning of (to construct) both what it means to be American, and how particular use of English language can position a person to be legally and socially identified as an American citizen.
Preliminary Findings
Class focused on English language and preparing for the U.S. naturalization test. Primary homework is reviewing citizenship questions.
According to social constructionist theory, learning happens as part of socialization processes; individuals take in information from their surrounding environment and learn how to understand and expand that information through social relations. As Gergen (2009) states, “Understandings of the world are achieved through co ordinations among persons—negotiations, agreements, comparing views, and so on” (p. 6).
The Role of Homework
Does homework function as one component of a culturally imperialist model of American education? What are the implications of assigning homework in an adult ESL classroom? How do students, the teacher, and administration view homework? What purposes do homework assignments serve for the student/teacher/classroom community/institution?
Classroom observations, Interviews: Audio recording of one interview and one class session.
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