Reconstruction of Self and Other in EFL LearnersJournal: International Journal of Basic and Applied Science (Vol.2, No. 1)
Publication Date: 2013-07-25
Authors : Masoume Bahramy; Nader Assadi Aidinlou; Seyyed Ali Kazemi;
Page : 56-62
Keywords : culture; identity reconstruction; self; others;
This study aimed to explore whether language learners merely learn a linguistic system or they go beyond learning the linguistic system and find themselves involved in an extensive- on going negotiation between self and the target language socio-cultural practices. More importantly is the identity of a language learner now, being presented by a new and diverse perspective of target language social and cultural discourses, the same as before entering the process of language learning. To investigate the socio-cultural causes behind learning a new language - in our case English as a foreign language, the present study, via a survey study, made an attempt to examine why English students have a strong desire to learn English what really English learning means to them. Is it just to learn English as a means for international communication (lingua franca) or the learner, being filled with deep admiration for English-speaking communities, wishes to develop a new identity of his/her own and by getting closer to English-speaking people overcome the sense of inferiority against modern/ developed world.
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