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By Jennifer Miller

This booklet is set the connection among studying English as an extra language and the ways that immigrant scholars may be able to symbolize their identities in school. In excessive colleges, how such scholars are heard through others will be simply as vital as how they communicate.

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Although Bourdieu suggests that a teacher’s intervention could help change patterns which might affect a student’s life chances, his primary argument is that schools serve primarily those who are ready in advance to learn what school has to offer, while disadvantaging those who are unprepared, excluding them by neglect. This view explains in part the apparent ease of success of some students, and the struggle of others. Lessons from Bourdieu There are several lessons that can be drawn from the above.

Diaries constitute a form of communication which takes the heat off the speaker. There is no wait time for responses, no awkward long pauses, no pressure to respond, no agonising search for an unknown or forgotten word. Students can formulate in their own time what they want to say, and the discourse is not overtly shaped by the researcher. As the researcher and as a former ESL teacher, I had observed how students may be made voiceless. I was also aware that some students have a greater facility in writing than in speaking English, partly due to the nature of their prior language learning.

First, it will look at language in a sociocultural matrix, which shows sensitivity not just to proficiency in a second language, but to the social and cultural salience of language use. A socioculturally framed view of discourse means that we look not just at what is said, but how and why it is said that way, along with what is not said, what is heard, and what the consequences of speaking and hearing might be. Second, it must reveal contextual features in local settings, as the contexts of discourse provide insights into the ways in which speakers are positioned through language use.

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