Exploring the interrelationship between hip hop literacies and international students’ learner identities
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Li, Xun Ril
Mount Saint Vincent University
An international student’s hip hop literacies and learner identities are interrelated because the former influences how learners learn, perceive power, and engage in self-expression. As a practicing ESL/EAL teacher, I am interested in the learner identities of one former student, specifically, how his affiliation to hip hop may or may not have affected how he learns. Borrowing from previous literacy theories and hip hop pedagogies, a theoretical framework is constructed to better inform this study. Through the scope of this framework, the interviews with the student are analyzed to contribute to the understanding of international learners and hip hop affiliated adolescence. Furthermore, through extensive analysis of the interviews, new understandings of hip hop affiliated international learners are added to the existing literature.