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The Social Construction of Age: Adult Foreign Language Learners (Second Language Acquisition)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781847696144
  • Publisher: Multilingual Matters
  • Release Date: Jan 11, 2012
  • Pages: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.67 x 9.21 x 6.14 inches


This book explores the social construction of age in the context of EFL in Mexico. It is the first book to address the age factor in SLA from a social perspective. Based on research carried out at a public university in Mexico, it investigates how adults of different ages experience learning a new language and how they enact their age identities as language learners. By approaching the topic from a social constructionist perspective and in light of recent work in sociolinguistics and cultural studies, it broadens the current second language acquisition focus on age as a fixed biological or chronological variable to encompass its social dimensions. What emerges is a more complex and nuanced understanding of age as it intersects with language learning in a way that links it fundamentally to other social phenomena, such as gender, ethnicity and social class.

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