By drawing on multiple examples of real-world language learning situations, this book explores the subjective aspects of the language learning experience. The author encourages readers to consider language learning from new, diverse, and unique perspectives. The book analyses data from a variety of sources, including language memoirs, online data from language learners in chat rooms, and text messaging exchanges. In the analysis of this data, the book looks at the relationship between symbolic form and the development of a multilingual subjectivity; links with memory, emotion, and the imagination; and the implications for language teaching pedagogy.
"Kramsch vividly demonstrates how multilingual subjects deploy symbolic forms to craft the self and to construct subjective realities." - Houxiang Li, Applied Linguistics
"the book offers some rich and insightful examples of the multilingual condition. The literary extracts are well chosen and interestingly analysed. The student extracts and interactions are similarly interesting in themselves." - Alan Maley, ELT Journal