Language Learning, Identity and Globalization: A Comparison between Learners of Brazilian Portuguese in England and Learners of English and Spanish in Brazil

Da Silva, Antonio Marcio and Rottava, Lucia (2014) Language Learning, Identity and Globalization: A Comparison between Learners of Brazilian Portuguese in England and Learners of English and Spanish in Brazil. Acta Scientiarum. Language and Culture, 36 (2). pp. 171-181. ISSN 1983-4675. (doi:https://doi.org/10.4025/actascilangcult.v36i2.21906) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article focuses on language perceptions of language learners in the UK and Brazil. Most participants in the England are British but there are also some from different linguistic backgrounds: Chinese, French, Hebrew, Italian, Polish and Spanish. As for the Brazilian participants, they study English or Spanish as FL. This study discusses how these learners’ identity characteristics and the reasons why they have chosen to learn the language impact on their perceptions about language learning. The Brazilian Portuguese learners’ perceptions will be compared and contrasted with those of Brazilian students learning English and Spanish in Brazil. The research data was collected primarily through an adapted version of the BALLI questionnaire answered by all learners in two contexts, complemented by an interview. The results suggest that students have different perceptions about language learning due to their distinct linguistic backgrounds, the context in which they live, their interests (both professional and personal), and their opportunities to interact, among other reasons for choosing to learn each language.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Hispanic Studies
Depositing User: Antonio M. Da Silva
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 16:41 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2015 13:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/44041 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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