‘Interest Talk’ with English Language Learners: ‘Same’ Class, But ‘Different’ Interest Trajectories and Experiences

  • Tan Bee Tin


This chapter examines the interest trajectories and experiences that a group of eight students (four females and four males) underwent during a four-year BA in English programme in Myanmar (Burma). It explains how the trajectory of their interest in learning English was shaped by a complex interplay between numerous characteristics of the object (language-specific content, non-language-specific content and various activities), the user (the students’ desires/plans, status of knowledge gained, existing state of interest), and the context (the socio-physical and the psychological environment and various people they encountered).


Negative Experience Interest Level Interest Score English Book 10th Standard 
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  • Tan Bee Tin
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  1. 1.The University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand

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