Multilingual identity construction through participative reflective practice in the languages classroom

Gayton, A. and Fisher, L. (2022) Multilingual identity construction through participative reflective practice in the languages classroom. In: Ayres-Bennett, W. and Fisher, L. (eds.) Multilingualism and Identity. Cambridge University Press, pp. 299-320. ISBN 9781108490207 (doi: 10.1017/9781108780469.015)

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This chapter explores how participative reflective practice in the languages classroom facilitates multilingual identity development. We appraise constructs such as metacognition, sociolinguistic competence, language awareness and identity’s place in education generally, and languages education specifically. On these theoretical bases, we present an innovative identity-driven pedagogy entitled 'We are multilingual', which aims to raise learners’ awareness of language- and sociolinguistics-related issues and create a space for learners to understand and acknowledge their existing multilingual repertoires, and those of others. The goal is for learners to reflect on new language-related knowledge, to relate it to their own lives and future goals, and to offer learners agency to identify as multilingual if they so wish. The pedagogical content, example activities and teacher comments are included. Finally, we emphasise the importance of embedding personalized identity-based reflection into languages education, particularly in Anglophone contexts, where language learners often see themselves as monolingual, and where language learning has commonly suffered from low uptake and interest.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gayton, Dr Angela
Authors: Gayton, A., and Fisher, L.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Published Online:22 July 2022

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