Learner narratives of translingual identities: A multimodal approach to exploring language learning histories

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Abstract

This book addresses translingual identities through an innovative multimodal analysis of the language learning histories of a class of advanced learners of English in Japan who grew up between two or more languages. The author explores both the translingual experiences of those in the classroom and how they use language and gesture when describing their experiences to each other. This approach uses three perspectives: it looks at the worlds and identities the interviewees construct for themselves; at their interpersonal communication; and at the way they frame their experience. Finally, it offers some lessons based on the observations of the class which reveal the values they share and the key to their success as language learners. It will appeal to applied linguistic and educational researchers, particularly those with an interest in narrative approaches to exploring educational contexts, as well as language educators and policy makers interested in gaining a learner perspective on language learning.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages325
ISBN (Electronic)9783319954387
ISBN (Print)9783319954370
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2018

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