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Article: 'Being gay guy, that is the advantage': Queer Korean Language Learning and Identity Construction

Title'Being gay guy, that is the advantage': Queer Korean Language Learning and Identity Construction
Authors
KeywordsAccess
Gay
Heteronormativity
Identity
Imagined communities
Language learning
Issue Date2008
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/15348458.asp
Citation
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2008, v. 7 n. 3-4, p. 230-252 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study works against heteronormativity, which is prevalent in the second language acquisition field, adding queer perspectives to the growing body of research that questions a narrower, 1-dimensional view of the language learner. There is a common belief that learning an additional language (L2) while surrounded by L2 speakers in a naturalistic setting is best. Theories of identity and language learning have destabilized this notion, pointing to the effects of ongoing identity construction on learning. While forming identities in the L2, a learner invests in certain groups of speakers (often imagined communities), leading them to seek out such speakers. Access to speakers in real naturalistic settings is not guaranteed, and social marginalization often prevents learning. This qualitative study explores the naturalistic language-learning experiences of 3 Korean gay men whose marginalized sexual identities assist them with access while articulating other aspects of their identities (e.g., race, nationality) as well as sexual desire.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/265939
ISSN
2017 Impact Factor: 0.511
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.447
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dc.contributor.authorKing, BW-
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-13T07:50:20Z-
dc.date.available2018-12-13T07:50:20Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Language, Identity, and Education, 2008, v. 7 n. 3-4, p. 230-252-
dc.identifier.issn1534-8458-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/265939-
dc.description.abstractThis study works against heteronormativity, which is prevalent in the second language acquisition field, adding queer perspectives to the growing body of research that questions a narrower, 1-dimensional view of the language learner. There is a common belief that learning an additional language (L2) while surrounded by L2 speakers in a naturalistic setting is best. Theories of identity and language learning have destabilized this notion, pointing to the effects of ongoing identity construction on learning. While forming identities in the L2, a learner invests in certain groups of speakers (often imagined communities), leading them to seek out such speakers. Access to speakers in real naturalistic settings is not guaranteed, and social marginalization often prevents learning. This qualitative study explores the naturalistic language-learning experiences of 3 Korean gay men whose marginalized sexual identities assist them with access while articulating other aspects of their identities (e.g., race, nationality) as well as sexual desire.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/15348458.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Language, Identity, and Education-
dc.subjectAccess-
dc.subjectGay-
dc.subjectHeteronormativity-
dc.subjectIdentity-
dc.subjectImagined communities-
dc.subjectLanguage learning-
dc.title'Being gay guy, that is the advantage': Queer Korean Language Learning and Identity Construction-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailKing, BW: bwking@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/15348450802237855-
dc.identifier.volume7-
dc.identifier.issue3-4-
dc.identifier.spage230-
dc.identifier.epage252-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000268535900004-
dc.publisher.placeUnited States-

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