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Title: Identity, Agency and the Acquisition of Professional Language and Culture
Written By: Ping Deters
URL: http://bit.ly/V2r3o3
Description:

With globalization and the ever-increasing migration of professionals, issues related to learning an additional language and culture in professional contexts are prominent in many contemporary societies. Drawing upon data from an extensive research study of internationally educated professionals, this book examines the affordances and constraints to successful professional acculturation, and the relationships between identity, agency, and the acquisition of professional language and culture. The author provides a succinct review of socially informed theories of second language acquisition, and presents a unique analysis of identity and agency that incorporates the work of Erik Erikson and George Herbert Mead with Vygotsky’s sociocultural theory and Lave and Wenger’s community of practice framework. Given the pervasive problem of the underemployment of internationally educated professionals in many contemporary immigrant-receiving societies, this book makes a timely contribution that not only advances scholarship but also has important practical and policy implications. ‘This pathbreaking study opens up a world of insight into the struggles and dilemmas of contemporary professionals, as they seek to make a contribution to the societies they have embraced as new immigrants. Deters enables her readers to enter into the inner world of identity, language and culture as well as the outer world of active agency in face of difficult barriers, through vivid narratives that portray the professional lives and achievements of five immigrant teachers working at different levels and in different subject areas in Ontario, Canada.' - Ruth Hayhoe, Professor, University of Toronto, Canada

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
Second Language Acquisition
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 162356574X
ISBN-13: 9781623565749
Pages: 272
Prices: U.K. £ 27.99