Towards becoming confident users of English: investment, agency and identity of Chinese advanced learners sojourning in Australia

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Following from Norton's (1995; 1997; 2000) seminal concept of investment in second language learning, a substantial amount of studies have examined the implication of the notion of investment for understanding how learning has created and engaged the identities of L2 learners in a dynamic manner, particularly in the contexts where the learners are seen as agents in creating opportunities to achieve desired identity and overcome constraints in various discourses of learning (e.g. Arkoudis & Davison, 2008; Kanno, 2003; Lin, Wang, Akamatsu, & Riazi, 2002; McKay & Wong, 1996; Norton & Gao, 2008).Yet, very few studies have looked into the interaction of these issues across two linguistic and cultural contexts of learning. In this paper I attempt to delineate the second language developmental processes of three Chinese advanced learners by linking their past learning histories in China and the then new learning experiences in Australia. The point of connection lies at the three individuals' perceptions of confidence in using English, and the focus is on how they drew on their individual cultural, linguistic and emotional repertoires, knowledge of self and their personal sense of agency to negotiate an increasing sense of confidence. Through the qualitative analyses of their lived experiences in China and Australia, the paper will contribute to the discussion about the interwoven relations between investment, agency and identity in learning English as a second language.
Originele taal-2English
TitelThe 16th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Beijing Foreign Studies University, August 23-28: Beijing, China.
StatusPublished - 2011
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