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EFL TO ESL: A CASE STUDY OF UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH L2 STUDENTS IN TRANSITION

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EFL TO ESL: A CASE STUDY OF UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH L2 STUDENTS IN TRANSITION

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Title: EFL TO ESL: A CASE STUDY OF UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL ENGLISH L2 STUDENTS IN TRANSITION
Author: Schwartz, Michael W.
Advisor(s): Meyer, Lois M.
Committee Member(s): Morford, Jill P.
Peele-Eady, Tryphenia
Romano, Susan
Department: University of New Mexico. Division of Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies
Subject(s): Second Language Aquisition
ESL
Qualitative Case Study
Discourse Analysis
Applied Linguisitics
LC Subject(s):
Second language acquisition
English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers
Applied linguistics
Discourse analysis
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: This is a case study of four international English L2 students transitioning from their home countries into the academic context of a US university. It investigates the intersections of identity and investment as English L2 students interact with English resources, and how proficiency may or may not mitigate the type and quality of access to English resources. Furthermore, the study proposes a learner as agent framework for understanding the processes of gaining access to English resources. Finally, the study argues that proficiency is a complex issue that needs to be analyzed and defined locally rather than globally and that decontextualized proficiency assessments only provide a partial account of an L2 learner’s language skills.
Graduation Date: July 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/21075

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