Thu, September 06, 2:15 pm
Short paper (30 minutes)
Chao-wen Chiu (National Chengchi University)
This narrative inquiry explores an East Asian learner's negotiation with parents for language learning investment. Results demonstrate a complex interplay between the learner's agentive capacity and the culturally specific ideology in a Chinese society. On the one hand, the learner directs his own learning independently and is able to perceive various types of capital as affordances; on the other hand, his identity, as a good son, is a site of struggle for fulfilling a career goal set by his parents to become a professor of English language study. Finally, implications of the results are discussed.