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Identity in Past, Present, and Future Tense: The Emotional Work of Navigating Gender, Class, and Nation in Vietnamese and English

Global Education Colloquium

September 16, 2014
Ilene Crawford, Ph.D., Southern Connecticut State University

The process of second language acquisition is highly emotional for many language learners, for reasons that often turn on conflicts the language learner experiences between the discourses of identity in her first and second languages. This talk will examine how different cultural scripts for gender, class, and national identity impact Vietnamese women working as English teachers in urban Vietnam and strategies these women have developed for mediating the tensions they experience between Vietnamese and western cultural expectations. Of particular interest will be how these women’s experiences have in turn shaped the ways they are fostering their own children’s English language learning and second language identity formation.

About the Speaker
Ilene Crawford, Ph.D. is Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, where she teaches courses in rhetoric and writing studies, interdisciplinary studies, and transnational feminist theory. Her research is in the areas of literacy studies, with particular interests in transnational literacies, second language identity formation, intercultural pedagogies, and higher education reform in Vietnam. She was a 2010 Fulbright scholar to Vietnam, where she taught intercultural communication and American literature at the University of Education-Ho Chi Minh City.