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Sexual Identities in English Language Education: Classroom Conversations


reviewed by Stephanie Vandrick July 17, 2009

coverTitle: Sexual Identities in English Language Education: Classroom Conversations
Author(s): Cynthia D. Nelson
Publisher: Routledge, New York
ISBN: 0805863672, Pages: 242, Year: 2008
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Cynthia Nelson’s book, Sexual Identities in English Language Education: Classroom Conversations, is cause for celebration, as it is the first and so far only book on sexual identities in the context of English language education. Scholarship on this topic has been sparse in the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), with Nelson herself having published the bulk of what has been available, in her many articles (e.g., Nelson, 1993, 1999, 2004a, 2004b, 2006) and in a riveting readers’ theater piece titled “Queer as a Second Language” (Nelson, 2002).   Nelson reminds us of what should be obvious, but is often ignored or unmentioned:  there are lesbian and gay students in English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classes, as there are in all types of classes. She reminds us, too, that it is not acceptable for educators to ignore this fact.... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 17, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15721, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 10:35:39 PM

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  • Stephanie Vandrick
    University of San Francisco
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    STEPHANIE VANDRICK is a professor in the Communication Studies Department at the University of San Francisco, where she teaches English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Her research interests include critical and feminist pedagogies in EAP, sexual identity issues in pedagogy, and the uses of narrative in scholarly writing. Her most recent book, Interrogating Privilege: Reflections of a Second Language Educator, will appear from the University of Michigan Press in late 2009. She is currently working on a new book on feminist pedagogy and EAP.
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