ERIC Number: ED258459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Psycho-Social Dynamics in Second Language Acquisition: A Case Study of Vietnamese Brothers. Bilingual Education Paper Series Vol. 7 No. 3.
Kessler, Carolyn; And Others
For second-language learners, the narration of highly personal experiences that entail strong affective relations relies on the conceptual processes underlying language. Relating personal narratives in a second language may be a highly successful communicative use of language even though extensive linguistic information for that language is lacking. Expression of the conceptual aspect becomes critical. A comparison of the narrations by two Vietnamese brothers of their departure from Vietnam and their development of a new life in the United States indicates the powerful role of psychosocial dynamics in second language acquisition, which can set up either positive or inhibiting conditions for second language development. The use of spoken personal narratives that draw on the dynamics of immigration and resettlement appears to be an indicator of active engagement of second language acquisition processes. Findings suggest that second language acquisition researchers and practitioners should look beyond the acquisition of forms and functions to gain further insight into the acquisition process. (MSE)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Asian Americans, Bilingual Education, Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Immigrants, Individual Psychology, Psycholinguistics, Refugees, Second Language Learning, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Self Expression, Social Integration, Sociolinguistics, Vietnamese People
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Los Angeles. Evaluation, Dissemination and Assessment Center.
Note: Paper presented at the Los Angeles Second Language Research Forum (4th, Los Angeles, CA, April 28-29, 1982).