The languages we speak are fundamental aspects of who we are as human beings, and the ways in which we’re able to express ourselves to others. Language is considered one of the key components of our identity and yet identity is such a complex phenomenon it can be difficult to explore. It can also be complex for teachers and researchers to understand linguistic identity on an educational level. Yet it is important that we strive to understand identity because fostering student identity is a key part of establishing and understanding truly inclusive classrooms. In society today this means understanding the multiple linguistic and cultural influences upon identity, which in this book are referred to as bilingual identity. This chapter introduces the context of the book and the reasons for exploring bilingual identity in this setting.


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  1. 1.Faculty of Arts & DesignUniversity of CanberraCanberraAustralia

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