Thu, September 06, 11:30 am
Short paper (30 minutes)
Ma. de Lourdes Rico (Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro)
This paper aims to present a study in which collaborative work in a self-access centre was explored. The research was conducted with the participation of Mexican beginner English language learners dialoguing in groups while completing communicative tasks. The findings suggest that these learners’ initial motivation to learn English originates from the social value of English language in the Mexican context, which puts them in the position of "socially disadvantaged" when up against those who speak English. This makes learners co-construct a future ideal concept of themselves (Dörnyei, 2009) as English speakers participating in the world they live in.