Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 5(10), pp. 1827 - 1834
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2017.051021
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Who am I? "I am a Swifty!" Some Stories from EFL Learners

Sudatip Prapunta 1,2,*
1 School of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
2 Department of Language, Prince of Songkla University, Thailand


This paper aims to report stories of two Thai learners who were purposively selected from a quantitative study of 233 freshmen. They study English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in the monolingual context. They were formally interviewed three times about their L2 motivation and learning experiences using narrative inquiry. Narrative data were supplemented by such personal and social artifacts as their memorable photos. The Ideal L2 self and the person-in-context relational view of motivation were used to analyze multifaceted aspects of both individual and contextual factors shaping their L2 self and identity. The findings suggested that they seemed to envision themselves becoming proficient English users. However, one student had stronger visions than another one. His L2 self and identity were highly influenced by the American pop culture, social media, and social networking from school to university. His desirable self-image tended to be strengthened by his sustained effort to communicate in English both inside and outside class. By applying the findings, stories of two participants can be used as exceptional cases, rather than generalizable, and as a basis for developing a series of pedagogical strategies which might be tested in the field of language teaching in the future.

Ideal L2 Self, L2 Learning Experiences, EFL Learner, Identity Development

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Sudatip Prapunta . "Who am I? "I am a Swifty!" Some Stories from EFL Learners." Universal Journal of Educational Research 5.10 (2017) 1827 - 1834. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2017.051021.