“The In-between Crowd”: Contrasting Representations of Minority Language Students

Lynne Wiltse

Abstract


This paper examines contrasting representations of minority language students in a linguistically diverse junior high classroom in an urban area of Western Canada. The majority of the research participants was of Asian heritage, and spoke English as a second language. Drawing on the construct of learner identity, I explore how these minority language learners’ identities affected their experience in school. The study points to hybrid language practices, with particular attention to academic discourse, as a solution to developing English literacy in schools with students from multilingual backgrounds.


Keywords


minority language students; learner identity; multilingual; hybrid language practices

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