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Foreign Language (L2) and LGBTQ Identity Empowerment: A Theoretical Model
Description: This presentation combines the cognitive and socio-cultural aspects of language to observe the process of an individual's switching from their native to a second language (L2). Using the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis that emphasizes the impact of language in shaping cognition (Whorf, 1956) and the post-structuralistic idea of identity as dynamic and plastic (Norton, 2000), the current poster proposes a new theoretical model on minority sexual (LGBTQ) identity empowerment as an outcome of cognitive and socio-cultural renegotiation of identity in the L2.
Objective(s): At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to: identify the cognitive and socio-cultural significance of language in shaping thought and the functionality of the Second Language (L2) as a tool for sexual minority identity negotiation that can lead to self-empowerment.