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Colloquium on the Multilingual Native Language Teacher, February 28, 2014

The Legitimacy Gap: Multilingual native language teachers in monolingual foreign language departments Foreign-born language instructors who teach their native language in the U.S. face the difficult task of mediating between two worlds that often seem historically, socially and culturally incompatible. While they are expected to represent the stereotypical native speaker and to make their students…

BLC Travel Grant Report

A few weeks ago, I attended my first-ever African Language Teachers Association (ALTA) conference in Chicago. In my past profession as a journalist, I had attended numerous conferences, but mostly as a speaker, trainer, or chair of a panel. But I went to the ALTA conference mostly as a student, which made it one of…

Lecture by Barbara Johnstone, September 23, 2011

Identifying with Language by Barbara Johnstone, Professor of English and Linguistics, Carnegie Mellon University. For the last decade or two, identity has been a hot topic throughout linguistics. Sociolinguists use the concept of identity to help explain why particular styles of speech get taken up in particular speech communities, and how and why people shift…

Are You Another Person When You Speak Another Language?

Dear Graduating Class, Dear Parents, Relatives, and Friends: On this day of celebration, many of you will be celebrating and talking about this graduation in many different languages. You will be dreaming of it in Spanish, raving about it in Korean, and in the years to come, who knows? You might remember it in German,…

Lecture by Crispin Thurlow, November 13, 2009

Language, Tourism, and Banal Globalization by Crispin Thurlow, Associate Professor of Communication, University of Washington Described as the “one of the greatest population movements of all time,” tourism is firmly established as the world’s single largest international trade. And it’s not just people who are on tour; language too is on the move. In this…

Lecture by Stanton Wortham, April 8, 2009

  Hillbilly Spanish and Tarzan English:  Ideologies of Mexican Immigrant Language by Stanton Wortham, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania In this paper, written with Elaine Allard and Katherine Mortimer, we conceptualize the beliefs and attitudes of Mexican immigrants and long-time residents of the Mid Atlantic suburban town of Marshall as language ideologies, culturally-situated…

Lecture by Joe Lo Bianco, March 16, 2007

Too Much and Not Enough Identity: Constituting English in Asian Language Policy Circles by Joseph Lo Bianco, Chair of Language and Literacy Education, University of Melbourne, Australia This lecture discusses recent and long-standing attributions of both cultural neutrality and bias in and for English. The lecture will trace both recent and longer term associations of…

Lecture by Michael Geisler, September 23, 2005

Metaphors to Die For: Towards a Rhetoric of National Symbols by Michael Geisler, Dean of Language Schools and Schools Abroad, Professor in Linguistics and Languages, Middlebury College, Vermont Panel of Respondents Fayton Henderson, Assistant Coordinator, German Mark Kaiser, Associate Director of the BLC Karen Moller, Coordinator, Scandinavian Sonia Shiri, Coordinator, Arabic More than mere decoration…

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The Cultural Identities of Foreign Language Teachers

Foreign language teachers are often migrants. They have traveled and lived in other countries either to learn or to teach a language. In 2005, Domna Stanton characterized language teaching as a cosmopolitan act-- “a complex encounter made in a sympathetic effort to see the world as [others] see it and, as a consequence, to denaturalize our own views” (629). Do foreign language teachers ...

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