From contrastive rhetoric towards perceptions of identity: written academic English in Central Mexico

De la retórica del contraste a las percepciones de identidad: escritura académica en inglés en México central.

Authors

  • Troy Crawford Universidad de Guanajuato
  • Irasema Mora Pablo Universidad de Guanajuato
  • Martha Lengelign Universidad de Guanajuato
  • Douglas Goodwin Universidad de Guanajuato

Keywords:

lectoescritura, percepción de identidad discursiva, redacción académica (es).

Keywords:

academic writing, EFL literacy, perception of discoursal identity (en).

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Abstract (en)

This research looks at two students at the end of a four year period in academic writing as a second language using open interviews and textual analysis of academic papers. While the initial focus of the research was on the development of rhetorical features in academic texts, issues more oriented to identity construction emerged through the data analysis, implying that long term academic writing in a second language may be more akin to literacy development. The results seem to show that while the participants express a strong identity with English as writers, the actual writing is more in tune with conventions of Spanish. This suggests an apparent conflict of English as a tool for writing and Spanish as the language of the individual.

Abstract (es)

Esta investigación estudia la redacción académica en una lengua extranjera de dos alumnos en un período de cuatro años, utilizando entrevistas abiertas y análisis de ensayos académicos. Aunque el enfoque inicial de la investigación era del desarrollo de herramientas retóricas en textos académicos, algunos problemas relacionados con la construcción identitaria emergieron a través del análisis de los datos, lo cual podría indicar que el desarrollo a largo plazo de redacción académica en una segunda lengua puede estar más vinculado con lecto-escritura. Los resultados parecen mostrar que mientras los participantes expresan una fuerte identificación con el inglés, su escritura está más en sintonía con las convenciones de español. Esto sugiere un aparente conflicto con el inglés como herramienta de redacción y el español como lengua de expresión del individuo.

Author Biographies

Troy Crawford, Universidad de Guanajuato

(BA) Southern Oregon University, (MS) University of Guanajuato, (MA TESOL) University of London, (PhD) University
of Kent, Canterbury. He has worked in ESL for 29 years in Mexico focusing his research on second language writing; presenting his work
in Mexico, England, France, Japan and the United States. He is a professor of language studies at the University of Guanajuato and is
currently researching the construction ofsecond language writing identity

Irasema Mora Pablo, Universidad de Guanajuato

is a full-time teacher at University of Guanajuato, Mexico, in the Language Department. She currently teaches courses in the area of English teaching and applied linguistics. She holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics by the University of Kent, UK. Her
teaching experience in university levels and her own learning experience have shaped her areas of interest: Bilingualism, Latinos’ studies,
Identity formation and native and non-native teachers. She has conducted research on these issues and published chapters and articles
in Mexico, the United States and Colombia.

Martha Lengelign, Universidad de Guanajuato

works at the University of Guanajuato and holds a MA TESOL (West Virginia University) and a PhD in Language
Studies (University of Kent). She is the Editor of the MEXTESOL Journal and currently is a SNI member. Her areas of research are teacher training and teacher identity formation

Douglas Goodwin, Universidad de Guanajuato

hold a Ph.D. in Language Studies from the University of Kent, UK, and his doctoral thesis addressed the impact of the cinema in ELT. I have 20 years experience in language teaching/teacher training, and my research interests include: cinema and language
learning, intercultural communication. He is a member of the National System for Research in Mexico and am currently participating in research projects which explore the construction of authorial identity and the perceptions of teacher training programs. He is currently the Coordinator of Second Language Learning for the University of Guanajuato

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Crawford, T., Mora Pablo, I., Lengelign, M., & Goodwin, D. (2013). From contrastive rhetoric towards perceptions of identity: written academic English in Central Mexico. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 15(1), 9–24. https://doi.org/10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.1.a01

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Crawford, T., Mora Pablo, I., Lengelign, M. and Goodwin, D. 2013. From contrastive rhetoric towards perceptions of identity: written academic English in Central Mexico. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal. 15, 1 (Jan. 2013), 9–24. DOI:https://doi.org/10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.1.a01.

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Crawford, T.; Mora Pablo, I.; Lengelign, M.; Goodwin, D. From contrastive rhetoric towards perceptions of identity: written academic English in Central Mexico. Colomb. appl. linguist. j 2013, 15, 9-24.

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CRAWFORD, T.; MORA PABLO, I.; LENGELIGN, M.; GOODWIN, D. From contrastive rhetoric towards perceptions of identity: written academic English in Central Mexico. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, [S. l.], v. 15, n. 1, p. 9–24, 2013. DOI: 10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.1.a01. Disponível em: https://revistas.udistrital.edu.co/index.php/calj/article/view/4243. Acesso em: 17 jan. 2022.

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Crawford, Troy, Irasema Mora Pablo, Martha Lengelign, and Douglas Goodwin. 2013. “From contrastive rhetoric towards perceptions of identity: written academic English in Central Mexico”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal 15 (1):9-24. https://doi.org/10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.1.a01.

Harvard

Crawford, T., Mora Pablo, I., Lengelign, M. and Goodwin, D. (2013) “From contrastive rhetoric towards perceptions of identity: written academic English in Central Mexico”, Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 15(1), pp. 9–24. doi: 10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.1.a01.

IEEE

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T. Crawford, I. Mora Pablo, M. Lengelign, and D. Goodwin, “From contrastive rhetoric towards perceptions of identity: written academic English in Central Mexico”, Colomb. appl. linguist. j, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 9–24, Jan. 2013.

MLA

Crawford, T., I. Mora Pablo, M. Lengelign, and D. Goodwin. “From contrastive rhetoric towards perceptions of identity: written academic English in Central Mexico”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, vol. 15, no. 1, Jan. 2013, pp. 9-24, doi:10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.1.a01.

Turabian

Crawford, Troy, Irasema Mora Pablo, Martha Lengelign, and Douglas Goodwin. “From contrastive rhetoric towards perceptions of identity: written academic English in Central Mexico”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal 15, no. 1 (January 1, 2013): 9–24. Accessed January 17, 2022. https://revistas.udistrital.edu.co/index.php/calj/article/view/4243.

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Crawford T, Mora Pablo I, Lengelign M, Goodwin D. From contrastive rhetoric towards perceptions of identity: written academic English in Central Mexico. Colomb. appl. linguist. j [Internet]. 2013Jan.1 [cited 2022Jan.17];15(1):9-24. Available from: https://revistas.udistrital.edu.co/index.php/calj/article/view/4243

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