Chapter published in:Cross-theoretical Explorations of Interlocutors and their Individual Differences
Edited by Laura Gurzynski-Weiss
[Language Learning & Language Teaching 53] 2020
► pp. 209–244
Chapter 9The impact of learner perceptions of
interlocutor individual differences on learner
possible selves during a short-term experience
A dynamic shift in second language (L2) research (de Bot, 2015a) has revealed L2 motivation and learner self-concept as temporally dynamic and multidimensional traits that continually emerge in interaction with context (Mercer, 2016; Ushioda, 2015). However, interlocutors have received scant attention under a Complex Dynamic Systems Theoretical framework.To bridge this gap, this study explores the dynamic interaction between learner selves (Dörnyei, 2009) and interlocutor individual differences (IDs) over a two-week experience abroad. A case study approach focused on three L2 learners and one heritage speaker who completed a daily interaction log, Likert-scale questionnaires targeting daily, weekly, and monthly changes in self-concept, and journal reflections focused on daily interactions in Spanish. Interlocutors (e.g., host families, teachers, Ecuadorian university students) completed a questionnaire tapping several IDs (e.g., language background). Results revealed fluctuation in learner perceptions of self, which interacted with their perceptions of interlocutor IDs.
Keywords: Complex Dynamic Systems Theory, dynamic interaction, L2 motivation, learner self-concept, study abroad
- Background literature
- CDST and learning context
- Learner affective outcomes and interlocutors in study abroad settings
- Context and the self as complex dynamic systems
- The current study
- Focal learners
- Focal learner 1: Julia
- Focal learner 2: Leah
- Focal learner 3: Jenna
- Focal learner 4: Raquel
- Learner perceptions of self: Quantitative measures
- Learner perceptions of self: Qualitative measures
- Study context
- Study abroad interlocutors
- Patterns of change in learner perceptions of self
- Factors affecting the perception and construction of self
- Conclusions and future directions
Published online: 21 January 2020
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