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Using Critical Discourse Analysis to Understand and Facilitate Identification Processes of Bilingual Adults Becoming Teachers

Melisa Cahnmann, University of Georgia
Betsy Rymes, University of Pennsylvania
Mariana Souto-Manning, University of South Carolina

Document Type Journal Article

This is an electronic version of an article published in: Critical Inquiry in Language Studies; v2 n4 p195-213 Feb 2005. Critical Inquiry in Language Studies is available online at: with the open URL of your article.


Our research focuses on bilingual adults enrolled in the Teachers for English Language Learners (TELL) program. TELL is a scholarship program whose goal is to increase the number of critically-minded bilingual educators in the state of Georgia in the United States. In this paper, we use critical discourse analysis to inform theoretical and practical implications in language education research. First, we examine how TELL scholars address linguistic and social inequities through discourses of competency and legitimacy, using critical discourse analysis to interpret social tensions in a group of these adults. Our analysis combines close discourse analysis of focus group interview data with the macro-theoretical approach of Foucault to understand the relationship between systemic influences (e.g., standardized, corporate testing) and the life world (e.g., having conversations in and about multiple languages) as these bilingual adults become bilingual teachers in Georgia.


Date Posted: 25 May 2016

This document has been peer reviewed.