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Title: Social Identity and Motivation for Advanced Language Learning: Exploring the Connection
Paper URL: http://languagearts.cypresscollege.edu/~aigoudin/research/AILAMotivation.pdf
Author: Lane Igoudin
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Homepage: http://faculty.lacitycollege.edu/igoudial
Institution: Los Angeles City College
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Sociolinguistics
Abstract: This case study of immigrant student participation in an advanced college reading course (n=10) revealed social identity as a motivational factor in language learning. Motivation often originated in a gap between current and desired identities, a gap which formal language learning served to close. The student's integrative orientation correlated strongly to desired identification with the L2 community. The study's multi-mode research model included an AMTB survey, interviews, and observation.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Presented at AILA 2008, Essen, Germany
Publication Info: Unpublished
URL: http://languagearts.cypresscollege.edu/~aigoudin/research/AILAMotivation.pdf


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