This state-of-the-art exploration of language, culture, and identity is orchestrated through prominent scholars’ and teachers’ narratives, each weaving together three elements: a personal account based on one or more memorable or critical incidents that occurred in the course of learning or using a second or foreign language; an interpretation of the incidents highlighting their impact in terms of culture, identity, and language; the connections between the experiences and observations of the author and existing literature on language, culture and identity.

What makes this book stand out is the way in which authors meld traditional ‘academic’ approaches to inquiry with their own personalized voices. This opens a window on different ways of viewing and doing research in Applied Linguistics and TESOL. What gives the book its power is the compelling nature of the narratives themselves. Telling stories is a fundamental way of representing and making sense of the human condition. These stories unpack, in an accessible but rigorous fashion, complex socio-cultural constructs of culture, identity, the self and other, and reflexivity, and offer a way into these constructs for teachers, teachers in preparation and neophyte researchers. Contributors from around the world give the book broad and international appeal.

chapter 3|7 pages

Speaking Romance-esque

chapter 5|9 pages

Achieving Community

chapter 6|8 pages

Another Drink in Subanun

chapter 8|8 pages

Living on the Hyphen

chapter 9|8 pages

Negotiating Multiple Language Identities

chapter 10|7 pages

Minna no Nihongo? Nai!

chapter 11|8 pages

Elaborating the Monolingual Deficit

chapter 13|5 pages

Otra Estación – A First Spanish Lesson

chapter 15|7 pages

Am I that Name?

chapter 18|9 pages

On this Writing: An Autotheoretic Account

chapter 19|7 pages

The Festival Incident

chapter 21|9 pages

Berlin Babylon

chapter 22|6 pages

Changing Stripes – Chameleon or Tiger?

chapter 23|7 pages

Vanishing Acts

chapter 24|9 pages

Dog Rice and Cultural Dissonance

chapter 26|5 pages

Sweating Cheese and Thinking Otherwise

chapter 29|8 pages

A Short Course in Globalese