Identity Trajectories of Adult Second Language Learners Learning Italian in Australia Author: Cristiana Palmieri

Format:
Ebook(EPUB) - 200 pages
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Hardback PDF 
ISBN:
9781788922210
Published:
31 Dec 2018
Publisher:
Dimensions:
234 x 156
Availability:
Forthcoming

Summary

This book explores the motivations of adult second language (L2) learners to learn Italian in continuing education settings in Australia. It focuses on their motivational drives, learning trajectories and related dynamics of identity development triggered by the learning process. Central to the study are adult L2 learners, who are still a largely under-researched and growing group of learners, and readers will gain a better understanding of the learning process of this specific group of learners and ideas for sustaining L2 adult learning motivation in continuing education settings. Furthermore, the book discusses the role played by the Italian migrant community in Australia in making Italian a sought-after language to learn. It explores how a migrant community may influence motivation, and highlights and expands on the notion of L2 learning contexts, showing the existence of sociocultural environments where second language learning trajectories are affected by the presence of migrant groups.

Review:

This thorough analysis of the integrative search for expanded cultural homes probes why English-speaking adults in an Australian cosmopolitan city, facing the Pacific and oriented to Asia, choose to learn Italian. What new identities do they seek and forge? Palmieri sheds light on cultural enrichment reasoning via contemporary methods of second language identity formation.

- Joseph Lo Bianco, The University of Melbourne, Australia

Author Biography:

Cristiana Palmieri is a research affiliate within the Department of Italian Studies, School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research interests lie in adult education, lifelong learning and sociolinguistics, with a focus on adult second language learning motivation and identity.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional




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