Summer 2019 - EDUC 856 G002

Sociocultural Perspectives on Education and Identity (5)

Class Number: 6034

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2019: Tue, 4:30–9:20 p.m.



Course activities will be structured for participants to consider recent formulations of learners as agents as well as subjects of culturally constructed, socially imposed worlds. Participants will examine a number of ethnographic descriptions of the experiences of learners in a variety of communities, noting in particular their use of diverse mediations/tools, including language. Participants will consider these ideas in relation to their own educational communities and develop plans for research activity in those sites. Equivalent Courses: EDUC713


This course will explore sociocultural perspectives on language and identity in a variety of educational contexts, focusing on conceptualizations of language teachers and learners. It will examine a variety of social perspectives on language and identity and how those perspectives differ from or complement one another. Students will design an (auto)ethnographic or action research study to explore the implications of micro-, meso-, and macro-level sociocultural factors on their own past, present or future learning contexts.


·      Become familiar with sociocultural and identity-related factors in language learning
·      Develop a critical awareness of teachers’ and students’ identity negotiation and its relationship to language teaching and learning 
·      Critically analyze the relationship between different forms of discourse—mass media, institutional policy, classroom talk—and the negotiation of identities across different timescales
·      Connect theory and research on sociocultural aspects of language learning to past, present, or future learning contexts


  • Attendance and Participation 10%
  • Reading Log 35%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Final project 35%

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