Angel M. Y. Lin is an assistant professor in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests are in classroom discourse analysis, bilingual education, and sociocultural studies of language learning.
Doing-English-Lessons in the Reproduction or Transformation of Social Worlds?
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2012
1999 TESOL International Association
Volume 33, Issue 3, pages 393–412, Autumn 1999
How to Cite
LIN, A. M. Y. (1999), Doing-English-Lessons in the Reproduction or Transformation of Social Worlds?. TESOL Quarterly, 33: 393–412. doi: 10.2307/3587671
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 4 JAN 2012
This article tells a story of four classrooms situated in different socioeconomic backgrounds. Drawing on the theoretical notions of cultural capital, habitus, symbolic violence, and creative, discursive agency as analytic tools, the story focuses on the classroom dilemmas in which students and teachers found themselves as well as the creative, discursive strategies they used to cope with these dilemmas. The implications of their strategies are discussed with reference to whether the students and teachers were doing-English-lessons in the reproduction or in the transformation of the students' social worlds.