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ERIC Number: EJ945470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0346-251X
Using Language Ideology and Positioning to Broaden the SLA Learner Beliefs Landscape: The Case of an ESL Learner from China
De Costa, Peter I.
System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, v39 n3 p347-358 Sep 2011
Departing from the view that learner beliefs are mental traits and in keeping with the discursive turn in SLA (Kalaja, 1995, 2003; Young, 2009), I argue that SLA learner beliefs research can be advanced through the use of two constructs--language ideology and positioning--that originate from linguistic anthropology and discursive psychology, respectively. Applying these two constructs to a year-long ethnographic case study based in a Singapore secondary school, I investigate how the language ideologies and positioning of a 16-year old immigrant ESL learner from China ultimately impacted her language learning outcomes. To illustrate this, I draw on audio-taped interview and video-taped interaction data involving her. This study supports the view that a contextual approach to examining learner beliefs affords a refined understanding of beliefs through an emic perspective. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; Singapore