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Other titles in the Michigan Teacher Training series:
Understanding Cultural Narratives: Exploring Identity and the Multicultural Experience (Michigan Teacher Training)by Linda Watkins-goffman
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Understanding Cultural Narratives focuses on the narrative as a tool for uncovering the individual stories of second language students. Narrative that reveals aspects of a student's experience in both a first and second culture can also reveal attitudes and expectations toward second language acquisition; this knowledge provides an invaluable bridge between student and educator and provides the educator with a context in which to develop an effective learning plan.
Understanding Cultural Narratives features poems and excerpts from the work of well-known authors--including Isabel Allende, Gloria Anzaldúa, Jhumpa Lahiri, V.S. Naipul, Pablo Neruda, and Zadie Smith--to explore questions and feelings that are part of identity formation in a second culture. Questions for Writing and Discussion guide teachers and students through a rich examination of the passages presented.
This is an excellent resource for educators and teachers in training interested in better understanding their students by first understanding their unique stories.
Book News Annotation:
Watkins-Goffman (language and cognition, City University of New York) examines second language acquisition and cultural acquisition from the standpoint of adapting the self into a new context and a new world. The text focuses on the use of narrative as a tool for learning the individual stories of ESL students. Coverage includes an overview of sociocultural theory and narrative; literature, narrative, and identity; how we learn from stories; poetry, voice, and identity; fiction and the self; and ethnographic interviews. Included are poems and excerpts from the work of Isabel Allende, Gloria Anzaldúa, Jhumpa Lahiri, V.S. Naipul, Pablo Neruda, and Zadie Smith used to explore questions and feelings that are part of identity formation in a second culture. For educators and teachers in training. Annotation Â©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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