The uses of amateurs : travel writing as a tool of second language acquisition research

Show simple item record Lenahan, Patrick C. 2016-06-01T09:30:25Z 2015-06
dc.description.abstract In order for second language acquisition (SLA) research to access the ‘learner-internal functions’ of SLA, methodologies of introspective research have arisen, including ‘diary studies’ and ‘language learner histories’. These have been found to yield valuable data about SLA (particularly in respect of affective factors and learning strategies), and are most rewarding when they approximate to quasi-literary modes of self-presentation: highly personalized and richly contextualized. This article proposes that the body of data that has accumulated from this initiative could be further expanded by including non-specialist accounts of language learning which share many of the conditions and features of diary studies, specifically works of travel literature in which part of the travellers’ experience is learning local languages. The article first attempts to illustrate this common ground by means of comparative samples, and then demonstrates from further texts how travel writing, though not produced by SLA specialists, can be analysed in terms of SLA theory so as to yield its own insights that not only corroborate what the specialist diary studies have revealed, but also supplement or challenge them. The article concludes that there is in this growing body of work a hitherto untapped resource of SLA research that awaits more sustained attention. en_ZA
dc.description.department English en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-12-31
dc.description.librarian hb2016 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Patrick Lenahan (2015) The Uses of Amateurs: Travel Writing as a Tool of Second Language Acquisition Research, English Academy Review, 32:1, 140-151, DOI:10.1080/10131752.2015.1034951. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1013-1752 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1753-5360 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/10131752.2015.1034951
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © Unisa Press. This is an electronic version of an article published in English Academy Review, vol. 32, no.1, pp. 140-151, 2015. doi : 10.1080/10131752.2015.1034951. English Academy Review is available online at : http://www.tandfonline.comloi/racr20. en_ZA
dc.subject Affective factors en_ZA
dc.subject Communication strategies en_ZA
dc.subject Diary studies en_ZA
dc.subject Language learning strategies en_ZA
dc.subject Travel writing en_ZA
dc.subject Second language acquisition (SLA) en_ZA
dc.title The uses of amateurs : travel writing as a tool of second language acquisition research en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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