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Language choice and second language learning opportunities in learners social networks: a case study of an Australian learner of Japanese

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posted on 03.05.2017, 00:30 by Kurata, Naomi
This paper examines the patterns of language choice and the construction of L2 learning opportunities in foreign language learners social networks by focusing on how these patterns and opportunities are socially structured in a Japanese language learners natural interactions. It is based on a range of data, including a script of on-line chat occurring in natural environments as well interview data. Drawing on Cummins (1996) concept of interpersonal space, the findings indicate that there were a number of social and contextual factors that seemed to affect the learners language choice and L2 learning opportunities in complex ways. Most of these factors appeared to be related to the learners and/or his network interactants identity as an adequate L2 user and their perception of each others L2 proficiency and/or role. This paper provides insights into how to create environments that promote the learners opportunities for L2 use and learning. Copyright 2007 Naomi Kurata. No part of this article may be reproduced by any means without the written consent of the publisher.


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Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, vol. 30, no. 1 (2007), p. 5.1-5.18. ISSN 0155-0640