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Exploring Omani ESL Learners’ Identity Construction in a Study Abroad Context

Show simple item record Al Rhyiami, Thariya 2018-08-01T05:58:16Z 2018-08-01T05:58:16Z 2014
dc.identifier.issn 2210-1829
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study is to explore ESL Omani learners’ identity construction in a Study Abroad [SA] context. Identity in this study is defined as how a person understands his or her relationship to the world, how that relationship is constructed across time and space, and how the person understands possibilities for the future (Norton, 2000). The data collection method is structured interviews which were recorded and transcribed. The study started with interviewing 6 participants, but based on purposeful sampling in qualitative research (Creswell, 2007), two participants were selected because they represent the phenomenon from two opposite perspectives. The findings indicate that language learners' identity is multiple, a site of struggle, and subject to change across time and space. Talking about their identity in the past, both learners agreed that they lacked a strong foundation in English because of the system and teachers back in Oman. Their experience in a SA context has been shaped by their previous expectations, the extent of mutual engagement and developing a 'third space' in the new environment. On the other hand, their perception of themselves affects how they see their future. The study ends with some recommendations to Omani government, host universities and learners themselves. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Bahrain en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International *
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dc.subject Identity
dc.subject Study Abroad
dc.subject ESL
dc.subject Community of Practice
dc.subject socialization theory
dc.subject poststructuralist
dc.title Exploring Omani ESL Learners’ Identity Construction in a Study Abroad Context en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.volume 02
dc.issue 01
dc.source.title International Journal of Bilingual & Multilingual Teachers of English
dc.abbreviatedsourcetitle IJBMTE

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