Exploring Learner Talk in English Interviews
The guiding question behind this section is straightforward: what can we learn about the L2 learning experience by asking L2 learners to discuss their own L2 learning? In order to answer this question, we use specialized software to analyze the semantic content of L2 learner talk as advanced English learners reflect on their learning experience in a structured interview. By using three different analytical techniques, we approach the question from different angles, distinguishing both general patterns in the experience of learning a L2 as well as individual differences in learning experience. The purpose of this and the following chapters in Part III, therefore, is threefold: (1) to discover the words and themes used by highly proficient L2 English learners as they describe their learning experience; (2) to discern what these words can tell us about the learning process; and (3) to determine what these words can tell us about individual learners.
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