|Title||Fragile identities: Exploring learner identity, learner autonomy and motivation through young learners’ voices|
Recent research in the fields of motivation and learner autonomy in language learning has begun to explore their relationships to the construct of identity. This article builds on this through the voices of a group of six learners of French or German in a secondary school in England, over a two-year period. These young learners initially reveal a clear identity as learners responsible for and able to take control of their own learning. However, this identity is seen as fragile when teacher control is increased in response to the external pressure of examinations, and there are indications of loss of motivation. Secondary school teachers, therefore, need to ensure that the learning environment they create engages, nurtures, and protects their learners‟ identity as learners through sustained opportunities for autonomy. Further research is proposed into aspects of learner identity, as well as ways in which changing pedagogy involves changes in teacher identity.
|Keywords||learner identity, learner autonomy, motivation, teacher identity, language learning|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics|
|Journal citation||14 (2), pp. 68-85|
|Publisher||Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics|
|Web address (URL)||https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/CJAL/article/view/19858|
|License||CC BY 3.0|