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Schlaman, Heather – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
Efforts to understand disparities in educational outcomes between students designated as English Learners (ELs) and their monolingual English-speaking peers have focused on factors that limit ELs' access to college, including quality of high school preparation. Central to quality high school preparation are schools' curricular structures--the…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Monolingualism, Access to Education, College Readiness
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Hidri, Sahbi – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This article is twofold: (a) it explored the impacts of mediation strategies on promoting cognitive modifiability in a dynamic assessment (DA) writing exam among ESP learners, and (b) it compared test-takers' performance in DA vs. static assessment (SA). The analysis drew on qualitative and quantitative data of a dynamic writing exam of classroom…
Descriptors: Writing Evaluation, Writing Tests, English for Special Purposes, Evaluation Methods
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Polat, Nihat; Mahalingappa, Laura; Hughes, Elizabeth; Karayigit, Cebrail – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This study examines the effectiveness of a specially designed intervention in changing preservice teacher beliefs about the education of linguistically diverse students. The experiment involved a semester-long online letter exchange with English learner (EL) pen pal partners from two public schools. The research questions included: What effect did…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, English Language Learners, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Rawal, Hima; De Costa, Peter I. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
A limited ability to pursue postsecondary education often leaves English language learners (ELLs) with a gamut of negative emotional experiences. Using an emotionally oriented framework to guide our study, this article focuses on the experiences of two female South Asian students who graduated from different U.S. high schools. We explored what…
Descriptors: Case Studies, English Language Learners, Emotional Experience, Females
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Song, Juyoung – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This study explores writing in Korean as an additional language in the United States and South Korea, focusing on learners' perceptions, attitudes, and informal writing practices outside the class. As sociolinguistic characteristics of a language such as the status and tradition of writing affect learners' views and practices, this study includes…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Korean, Second Language Learning, Student Attitudes
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Lenkaitis, Chesla Ann; Calo, Stephanie; Venegas Escobar, Salvador – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This study qualitatively investigated students from a Mexican university and a U.S. university and how their intercultural competence (IC), the ability to appropriately and effectively communicate with others from countries and cultures other than one's own, was affected by a five-week telecollaborative exchange. To examine the ways in which…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Intercultural Communication, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Siffrinn, Nicole E.; McGovern, Kathleen R. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
This paper explores the identity construction of multilingual and multidialectal middle school students in a semester-long youth participatory action research (YPAR) project. In particular, it moves beyond an emancipatory discourse that views youth identity development from a point of marginalization by drawing on Foucauldian notions of discourse,…
Descriptors: Participatory Research, Action Research, Self Concept, Social Change
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McPherron, Paul; McIntosh, Kyle – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2019
In this article, we discuss three cross-cultural memoirs used in three different university courses that introduced students to the complex identities that form both inside and outside of language classrooms. In arguing for the value of using such memoirs as content in university courses, we provide a detailed thematic analysis of Peter Hessler's…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Self Concept
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Holguín Mendoza, Claudia – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Experts in the field have advocated for critical approaches to Spanish heritage language (HL) curricula in which learners' proficiency in the language varieties that they bring from their homes and communities is considered an asset and culturally valuable knowledge. The proposal described here focuses on the adoption of a programmatic…
Descriptors: Metalinguistics, Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement
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DeFeo, Dayna Jean – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Though definitions vary, the literature on heritage speakers of Spanish identifies two primary attributes: a linguistic and cultural connection to the language. This article profiles four Anglo college students who grew up in bilingual or Spanish-dominant communities in the Southwest who self-identified as Spanish heritage speakers, citing…
Descriptors: College Students, Bilingual Students, Spanish, Native Language
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Varghese, Manka M.; Snyder, Rachel – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Drawing on the concept of figured worlds, we examined how four preservice teachers in a monoglossically oriented teacher preparation program developed their professional identities and sense of agency as dual language teachers. Figured worlds are socially constructed and culturally recognized realms with a story line and actors who also actively…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Language Teachers, Immigrants, Civil Rights
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Palmer, Deborah K. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2018
Teacher leadership has been variously defined but generally understood as expanding teachers' visions beyond their own classrooms. Bilingual education teachers, working with emergent bilingual students in often marginalized situations and contexts, must develop a critical consciousness to embrace leadership identities. This requires engaging in…
Descriptors: Bilingual Teachers, Literacy, Bilingualism, Interviews
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Sultana, Shaila; Dovchin, Sender – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Based on virtual conversations drawn from two separate intensive ethnographic studies in Bangladesh and Mongolia, we show that popular cultural texts play a significant role in young adults' heteroglossic language practices. On the one hand, they borrow voices from cultural texts and cross the boundaries of language, i.e., codes, modes, and…
Descriptors: Popular Culture, Second Language Learning, Language Usage, Self Concept
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Blum, Susan D. – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
Claiming to rely on "science," many well-intentioned "experts" offer advice on how to "close the gap"--word gap, language gap, achievement gap--between disadvantaged and advantaged children. Based on both research and personal experience, this advice promises magic solutions to apparently complex and intractable…
Descriptors: Language Attitudes, Language Acquisition, Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap
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Schwartz, Adam; Terry, Helen – International Multilingual Research Journal, 2017
In response to calls to increase Spanish language learners' awareness of the relationship among power, language, and status in their communities and inspired by participatory research techniques, this article reports on the implementation of a photo-diary project with heritage and L2 learners in a basic-level Spanish language course. Students took…
Descriptors: Spanish, Native Language Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Reflection
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