- Preface to the First Edition
- Procedural Notes
- Preface to the Second Edition
- Whence Applied Linguistics: The Twentieth Century
- Applied Linguistics: A Twenty-First-Century Discipline
- Research Approaches in Applied Linguistics
- Listening: Sources, Skills, and Strategies
- Reading in a Second Language
- Second Language Writing in English
- Integrating the Four Skills: Current and Historical Perspectives
- Discourse Analysis and Applied Linguistics
- Perspectives from Formal Linguistics on Second Language Acquisition
- Sociocultural Theory and the Pedagogical Imperative
- Language Learner Identities and Sociocultural Worlds
- Computational Models of Second Language Sentence Processing
- Second Language Acquisition: A Social Psychological Perspective
- Interactionist Perspectives on Second Language Acquisition
- Pragmatics and Second Language Acquisition
- Applied Linguistics and the Neurobiology of Language
- Curriculum Development in Foreign Language Education: The Interface between Political and Professional Decisions
- Content-Based Second Language Instruction
- Bilingual Education
- Language Transfer and Cross Linguistic Studies: Relativism, Universalism, and the Native Language
- Language Uses in Professional Contexts
- Cognitive Processing in Bilinguals: From Static to Dynamic Models
- The Bilingual Lexicon
- Language Contact
- Pidgins and Creoles
- Language Spread and Its Study in the Twenty-First Century
- Language Shift and Language Revitalization
- Ecology of Languages
- Methodologies for Policy and Planning
- Unplanned Language Planning
- Perspectives on Language Policy and Planning
- Technology in Standardized Language Assessments
- Progress and New Directions in Technology for Automated Essay Evaluation
- Computer-Assisted Language Learning
- Research in Corpus Linguistics
- Where to from Here?
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article briefly reviews an increasingly large body of research that seeks to understand the relationship between language-learner identities and their sociocultural worlds. Rather than seeing learner identities as developed individually and as expressive of the essence of individuals, current identity theorists have argued that identities are complex, multilayered, often hybrid, sometimes imagined, and developed through activity by and for individuals in many social fields. This complex notion of selves has been accompanied by a great deal of recent research on language and learning, drawing primarily on postmodern and poststructuralist theories. It begins with a consideration of current understandings of these fundamental concepts, and then reviews some of the foundational studies, before focusing on more recent research on identity and language learning. This is an exciting field that is stimulating many researchers and much debate. It is being informed in diverse ways by work in anthropology, sociology, postcolonial and cultural studies, and education.
Kelleen Toohey is professor in the faculty of education at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Her current research examines literacy instruction and learning in child English language learners' classrooms. Recent publications include Learning English at School: Identity, Social Relations and Classroom Practice, Critical Pedagogies and Language Learning (with B. Norton). She is coauthor of Collaborative Research in Multilingual Classrooms (with C. Denos, K. Neilson, and B. Waterstone). She can be contacted at http://email@example.com.
Bonny Norton is professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Canada. She is also visiting senior research fellow in the Department of Education, King's College, University of London, and honorary professor in the School of Education, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Her award-winning research addresses identity and language learning, education and international development, and critical literacy. Recent publications include Identity and Language Learning, Critical Pedagogies and Language Learning (with K. Toohey), and Gender and English Language Learners (with A. Pavlenko). She is currently coediting a Multilingual Matters book series, Critical Language and Literacy Studies (with several others). In 2003, she was awarded a UBC Killam Prize for Excellence in Teaching and in 2007 a UBC Killam Prize for Excellence in Research. Her website can be found at http://lerc.educ.ubc.ca/fac/norton/, and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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