Culture, Autonomy and the Self in Language Learning

Kimberly A. Noels, Kathryn Everhart Chaffee, Megan Michalyk, Maya Sugita McEown

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In recent years much second language acquisition (SLA) research on motivation has centred on the learning and use of English around the world. This focus has heightened researchers’ and teachers’ awareness of important language issues concerning globalisation, colonisation and immigration, and has contributed to the development of new conceptual frameworks in which the self and identity figure prominently (e.g. Block, 2007; Dörnyei, 2005; Norton, 2000). Although this research has been carried out internationally, there has been little discussion and less empirical examination of the role of culture in motivational processes. This lacuna is important to address, since many motivational models that are widely used were developed in Western countries, and their applicability across cultures is not certain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Impact of Self-Concept on Language Learning
PublisherChannel View Publications
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781783092383
ISBN (Print)9781783092369
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Aug 27
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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