Using Multimodal Analysis to Explore Language Learner Identity Construction

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVisualising Multilingual Lives
Subtitle of host publicationMore Than Words
EditorsPaula Kalaja, Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer
Place of PublicationBristol, UK
PublisherMultilingual Matters
Chapter8
Pages134-150
ISBN (Electronic)9781788922616, 9781788922623
ISBN (Print)9781788922593, 9781788922609
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2019

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NamePsychology of Language Learning and Teaching

Abstract

This chapter focuses on the beliefs held by a group of university undergraduates (N = 159) in South Korea, majoring in subjects related to English (e.g. linguistics, literature), and the possible transformation(s) in their identities once they had learnt the language. To this end, the students produced two self-portraits, one showing what they were like before studying English and the other what they would look like after mastering it, both complemented with written commentaries. The study employed a multimodal analysis to examine how both visual and written elements constructed the formation and transformation of English learner identities. The fi ndings demonstrated how Korean students believed that the transformation would occur at multiple, often overlapping dimensions including psychological, physical, vocational, relational and experiential ones. The study suggests the use of multimodal analysis to be eff ective in capturing various complex dimensions that comprise the English learner identity and the meaning of learning English.

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Using Multimodal Analysis to Explore Language Learner Identity Construction. / Ahn, So-Yeon.

Visualising Multilingual Lives: More Than Words. ed. / Paula Kalaja; Sílvia Melo-Pfeifer. Bristol, UK : Multilingual Matters, 2019. p. 134-150 (Psychology of Language Learning and Teaching).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)