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Narrating Their Lives
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“…a groundbreaking book that will…engage, inform, and connect with present and future teachers and teacher educators.” ---Stephanie Vandrick, Foreword to Narrating Their Lives The field of TESOL has called attention to the ways that the issues of race and ethnicity, language status and power, and cultural background affect second language learners’ identities and, to some degree, those of teachers. In Narrating Their Lives, Kamhi-Stein examines the process of identity construction of classroom teachers so as to make connections between their personal and professional identities and their instructional practices. To do that, she has selected six autobiographical narratives from teachers who were once part of her TESL 570 (Educational Sociolinguistics) class in the MA TESOL program at California State University, Los Angeles. These six narratives cover a surprisingly wide range of identity issues but also touch on broader instructional themes that are part of teacher education programs. Because of the reflective nature of the narratives—with the teachers using their stories to better understand how their experiences shape what they do in the classroom—this volume includes provocative chapter-opening and reflective chapter-closing questions. An informative discussion of the autobiographical narrative assignment and the TESL 570 course (including supplemental course readings and assessment criteria) is also included.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. Chapter 1. From “The Sound of Music” to “the Sound of Silence” and Back: Language Learning, Teaching, and Identity
  2. pp. 18-26
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  1. Chapter 2. Narrating One’s Life: Autobiographies of Transnational Teachers from the Expanding Circle
  2. pp. 27-44
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  1. From Outer Circle to Inner Circle Society: A Code-Switcher’s Sociolinguistic Journey Veneza Angel Pablico
  2. pp. 28-39
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  1. Learning to Fit In and Create My Own Place Hee-Jin Kim
  2. pp. 40-53
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  1. A Culturally Amorphous ESL Teacher Jessie Chen
  2. pp. 54-62
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  1. Chapter 3. Narrating One’s Life: Autobiographies Problematizing the Notion of “Inner Circle Legitimacy”
  2. pp. 63-81
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  1. From English to Englishes: A Native English Speaker’s Language Learning Journey Jeremy C. Kelley
  2. pp. 64-79
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  1. Amidst the Fog, I See Clearly for a Moment Valerie J. Callet
  2. pp. 80-93
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  1. Searching for a Linguistic Community: A Call for the Recognition of Multilingual and Multicultural Identities Shannon Ladymon
  2. pp. 94-105
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  1. Chapter 4. Beyond Individual Stories and on to the Classroom: Pedagogical Practices that Draw on the Teachers’ Identities
  2. pp. 106-122
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  1. Chapter 5. From the Language Classroom to the Teacher Preparation Classroom: Using Narratives to Promote Teacher Reflection
  2. pp. 123-130
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  1. References
  2. pp. 131-142
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  1. Biographical Statements
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 147-150
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  1. Author Index
  2. pp. 151-152
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