Summer 2019 - EDUC 856 G021

Sociocultural Perspectives on Education and Identity (5)

Class Number: 1503

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 3:20 PM
    EDB 7505, Burnaby



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, learning, and language teachers and learners. It will examine social perspectives on language, language learning, and identity and how those perspectives differ from or complement other perspectives. Students will explore implications of sociocultural and identity-related factors for their own and others’ past, present, or future teaching and learning contexts.


·      Become familiar with and develop perspectives on sociocultural and identity and related sociocultural factors in language education
·      Develop a critical awareness of teachers’ and students’ identity negotiation and formation and its relationship to language teaching and learning
·      Apply theory and research on sociocultural and identity-related aspects of language education to our own real or imagined teaching and learning contexts.


  • Active learning/participation 10%
  • Language & Literacy Autobiography 15%
  • Weekly reading responses 15%
  • Discussion facilitation 20%
  • Major paper 40%



Block, D. (2014). Second language identities. London, UK: Bloomsbury.

·       ISBN-10: 9781472526045 ·       ISBN-13: 978-1472526045
ISBN: 978-1472526045


Norton, B. (2013). Identity and language learning: Extending the conversation (2nd ed.). Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Other readings to be supplied via handouts or Canvas

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