Autobiographical Writing and Identity in EFL Education, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1135076111
  • ISBN-13: 9781135076115
  • DDC: 808.06
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 310 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released January 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The book explores the pedagogical potential of autobiographical writing in English-as-a-foreign language, approaching the topic from an educational, longitudinal, dialogical, and social perspective. Through a number of case studies, the author delineates four phases that EFL writers may experience in their identity construction processes, illustrating the complexity of EFL writers' social identities. This book will provide a valuable resource for language teachers and researchers interested in the pedagogical applications of autobiographical writing.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction to the Study.
2: Understanding Autobiographical Writing and Identity.
3: Research Autobiographical Writing and Identity.
4: Abby: “A Butterfly Has No Soul”.
5: Matt: “The Smile Became Special”.
6: Beth: “A Wonderful Book”.
7: Anne: “A Small Clean Warm Plastic”.
8: Comparisons Across the Four Case Studies.
9: Conclusion.
Bilingual Invitations for Ethnic Bai Students.
Mission Statement.
Life Experience Themes.
Nicholas's Life River (T/D_1).
A Sample of Written Comments.
Abby's Reading History.
Abby's Writing History.
Nicholas's Chapter Titles (2T).
“An Unforgettable Event in Childhood” (4W_W).
“God Made a Joke with Me” (1W_M).
Written Response to Anne's Writing Sample.
“Unleash Your Writing Voice”.
“My Father” (1W_W).
14th Meeting Handout.
A Wound Never to Be Healed.
“My First Picture”.
“I Am a Sinner”.
Written Comments on Hope's Sample.
Notes on Data.