Second language learners and their self-confidence in using English: A social constructive perspective

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This paper examines how self-confidence is socially and discursively constructed through the qualitative analyses of the lived experiences of two Chinese advanced learners/users of English in Australia with data obtained from in-depth interviews. Built on sociocultural views on L2 learning and Norton's (2000) conception of self-confidence as being socially constructed, the learners' senses of confidence are shown to be strongly influenced by external factors such as power relations in specific contexts of interaction. Besides, they appear to be internally related to the learners' previously established L2 identities shaped along the paths of investment in learning English in China. Through a micro-analyses at the sites of interaction and a description of the learners' earlier language development, this paper sheds light on the dynamic process of confidence construction. It also provides useful insights into the nature of the complex relationships the learners have developed with English and the significance of the interwoven relations between language, investment and identity.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)246-271
Aantal pagina's26
TijdschriftAsian EFL Journal
Volume13
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - 2011

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