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An Identity Approach to SLA, ch. 3

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Yasemin Yusufoff

on 9 December 2014

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Transcript of An Identity Approach to SLA, ch. 3

The authors
Essential terms
Overview of the Identity Approach to SLA
Theoretical principles of the Identity Approach
Research methods
Supporting findings
Differences vis-a-vis other approaches
Future directions

Professor Bonny Norton
Department of Language & Literacy Education
The University of British Columbia
The Authors

imagined communities
imagined identity
investment vs. motivation
Essential Terms
Overview of the Identity Approach to SLA
Poststructuralist Theories of Language
Feminist Poststructuralism
Sociocultural Theories of Learning
Theoretical principles of the Identity Approach
Mainly qualitative, drawing on critical ethnography, feminist poststructuralist theory, sociolinguistics, and linguistic anthropology.
Research methods
Norton (2000)
McKay and Wong (1996)
Skilton-Sylvester (2002)
Supporting findings
Sociocultural theory (SCT) approach
Conversational analysis (CA)
Language socialization approach to SLA
Differences vis-a-vis other approaches
Naturally occurring interaction analysis
Identity, L2 learning and new technologies
Postcolonial sites
The relationship between language, identity and resistance
Future directions
An Identity Approach to SLA
Dr. Carolyn McKinney
Senior Lecturer
School of Education, U. of Cape Town
Data collection methods are ethnographic observation, interviews, diary studies, and written responses to researcher questions.
Can you think of examples from your own experiences in terms of investment in a language, imagined identity, imagined community, or a time when you claimed your right to speak?
What can be some implications for pedagogy based on this approach?
According to the authors, quantitative research methods are "static and measurable variables not appropriate for the multiple and changing learner identity that is characteristic to the identity approach to SLA" (p. 82). Do you agree or disagree? Why?
Language is not only a linguistic system but also a
social practice
in which experiences are organized and identities negotiated.
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