Language, Identity and Study Abroad: Sociocultural Perspectives

Language, Identity and Study Abroad: Sociocultural Perspectives

Paperback Studies in Applied Linguistics

By (author) Jane Jackson


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  • Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 16mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1845531426
  • ISBN 13: 9781845531423
  • Sales rank: 604,432

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A growing number of foreign language students are taking part in study and residence abroad programs but what actually happens when they cross cultures in an unfamiliar land? What effect can a sojourn have on their sense of self and their perceptions of the target language and culture? What factors affect their willingness to use the target language in social settings? This book is based on the premise that student sojourners and educators can benefit from a deeper understanding of the language, identity, and cultural factors that impact on the development of intercultural communicative competence and intercultural personhood, "a new, alternative identity that is broader, more inclusive, more intercultural...something that will always contain the old and the new side by side to form "a third kind" - a kind that allows more openness and acceptance of differences in people" (Kim, 2001: 232-3). Linking contemporary sociocultural/identity theories with practice, the relationship between language and cultural learning and identity reconstruction are examined through an ethnographic exploration of the actual experiences of study abroad participants. The book provides a unique, interdisciplinary perspective, addressing issues of importance to professionals in second language acquisition, sociolinguistics, cross-cultural psychology, speech communication, and intercultural communication.

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Author information

Jane Jackson is Professor in the Department of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong

Table of contents

1. Researching study and residence abroad: An interdisciplinary perspective 2. The conceptual foundation of language, identity, and culture in a social context 3. Theorizing about intercultural communicative competence and intercultural personhood 4. Researching language, culture, and identity in a study abroad context 5. Ada, Fion and Cori: Discovering Self and Other 6. Mira, Elsa and Niki: Pathways to Thirdness 7. Forging a path of intercultural personhood through study and residence abroad