Introduction to the Special Issue

David I Hanauer
2013 L2 Journal  
be re-emphasized and situated at the center of applied linguistics. Ten years on and I am editor of this special issue of the L2 Journal dedicated to L2 Writing and Personal History: Meaningful Literacy in the Language Classroom. Over the last ten years, positions have been proposed that recognize the importance of the personal in language learning. Among others Kramsch (2006; 2009) has explored language learners' multilingual subjectivity, Block (2007) investigated second language identity,
more » ... lenko (2007) explicated autobiographical methods for applied linguistics and Hanauer (2010) utilized second language poetry writing as a way of accessing individual experiences during language and cultural learning. In conjunction with the powerful, continuing presence of decontextualized instrumentalist approaches primarily promoted through governmental directives and business enterprises, there is among applied linguistic professionals an increased understanding of the importance of reaching and addressing specific people and subjectivities within the language classroom.
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