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By Jennifer Miller

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This e-book is ready the connection among studying English as an extra language and the ways that immigrant scholars may be able to characterize their identities in school. In excessive colleges, how such scholars are heard through others should be simply as very important as how they communicate.

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SLA Reconsidered Ongoing critique of the assumptions and methodology used in second language research has suggested an overuse of research instruments such as surveys, which do not show language acquisition as a process (Williams, 1992), inadequate attention to sociocultural and psychological factors, which may be as or more significant to acquisition than linguistic factors (Firth & Wagner, 1997), an overreliance on theory developed from the measuring of differential performances in a testing context (Edelsky, 1991), and conceptual inflexibility which admits ‘no room for the view that a person’s linguistic identity might be socially defined and interactionally negotiated’ (Rampton, 1995, 323).

For example, the conditions in classrooms shape communication in particular ways, including the way meanings are expressed and heard. The relationships in classrooms and schools are also part of the communication. Second, the idealisation of linguistic practices does not take into account the strategies speakers use to adjust to relations of power within any interaction, or indeed the fact that linguistic exchanges are ‘relations of symbolic power in which the power relations between speakers or their respective groups are actualised’ (Bourdieu, 1991: 37).

While not contesting the significance of individual differences in language acquisition and use, the individual-in-a-social-context becomes a worthier object of study. 1. In this way, some of the weight of communicative 30 Audible Difference competence can be redistributed from the shoulders of the language minority students to other participants in communication. In addition, connecting patterns of their everyday lived experiences with larger configurations of discourse and power and identity, and refocusing on their reallife contexts is needed to get a fuller picture.

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