Second Language Identities

Author(s): David Block

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Second Language Identities examines how identity is an issue in different second language learning contexts. It begins with a detailed presentation of what has become a popular approach to identity in the social sciences (including applied linguistics) today, one that is inspired in poststructuralist thought and is associated with the work of authors such as Anthony Giddens, Zygmunt Bauman, Chris Weedon, Judith Butler and Stuart Hall. It then examines how in early SLA research focussing on affective variables, identity was an issue, lurking in the wings but not coming to centre stage. Moving to the present, the book then examines in detail and critiques recent research focussing on identity in three distinct second language learning contexts. These contexts are: (1) adult migration, (2) foreign language classrooms and (3) study abroad programmes. The book concludes with suggestions for future research focussing on identity in second language learning.


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An examination of how identity is an issue in different second language learning contexts

"Second Language Identities is a remarkable book that traces research interest in second language identities from the 1960's to the present. Drawing on a wide range of social science theory, David Block brings an insightful analysis to seminal studies of adult migrants, foreign language learners, and study abroad students. A timely work that makes an outstanding contribution to a burgeoning field of inquiry." - Bonny Norton, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar, University of British Columbia, Canada. "David Block provides a concise and readable survey... the book is clearly written and well-structured throughout, with the key arguments summarised concisely at the end of each chapter, a comprehensive index and an admirably short and clear list of abbreviations. It would certainly be of use to dip into on ESOL teacher training courses and for anyone interested in the wider aspects of language learning" - Mary Simpson, Language Issues, Winter 2008

David Block is ICREA Research Professor in Sociolinguistics at the University of Lleida, Spain

Introduction 1. Identity in the social sciences today 2. Waking the dead: Identity in early second language learning research 3. Identity in adult migrant contexts 4. Identity in foreign language contexts 5. Identity in study abroad contexts 6. Second language identities: the state of play and future directions.

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  • : 9781472526045
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Academic
  • : July 2014
  • : books

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  • : 288
  • : David Block
  • : Paperback