Uses of Adversity: Moving Beyond L2 Learning Crises
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A crisis is an unstable, unpredictable, difficult, and sometimes dangerous situation. A significant L2 learning crisis can occur over a major cultural and linguistic identity shift, especially if the person has moved to a new country. In such circumstances, many L2 learners, no matter how articulate they may be in their native language, often feel babyish, foolish, or humiliated when trying to communicate in the L2. L2 learners might also experience crises in a classroom in their native country if they have a major style conflict with the teacher or are ridiculed by the teacher or peers. L2 crises frequently occur when learners experience failure. We are not implying that language learning consists of nothing but difficulties, that it is not enjoyable, or that all L2 learners will inevitably face a crisis. However, instances of crisis, fleeting or longer-term, can and do arise for many individuals, who have different ways of dealing with these events when they occur.
KeywordsIntrinsic Motivation Extrinsic Motivation Social Rejection Initial Inability Language Classroom
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