The Role of Local Communities and the Shift of L2 Learners’ Frame of Reference in Second Language Acquisition

Yidan ZHU, Yi HUANG

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

Abstract

This article explores the role of local communities and the shift of L2 learners’ “frame of reference” in students’ language learning and identity construction, both of which rarely receive sufficient attention in second language acquisition (SLA) research. Using interview data from studies of two language learners and sociocultural theories, the authors argue that local communities both help L2 learners to access to and develop their English but also hinder learners in constructing their social identities that in return affects language learning. Moreover, the shift of L2 learners’ frames of reference from native speakers to bilingual users influences students’ learning strategies and their view of themselves as second language learners. Thus, while researchers and educators focus on classroom activities, they need to pay equal attention to help learners access social practices and recognize the importance of L2 learners’ identity development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-29
Number of pages8
JournalSFU Educational Review
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2009
Externally publishedYes

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