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Motivation and investment: exploring the choice of English-medium instruction for mid-degree undergraduates in Catalonia

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dc.contributor.author Machin, Elizabeth Anne-Marie
dc.contributor.author Ament, Jennifer
dc.contributor.author Pérez Vidal, Carmen
dc.date.accessioned 2023-07-21T06:50:03Z
dc.date.available 2023-07-21T06:50:03Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Machin E, Ament J, Pérez-Vidal C. Motivation and investment: exploring the choice of English-medium instruction for mid-degree undergraduates in Catalonia. J Engl Medium Instr. 2023;2(1):79-100. DOI: 10.1075/jemi.22002.mac
dc.identifier.issn 2666-8882
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/57636
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the present study is to offer insights into how Spanish undergraduates, who were mid-way through an English-medium programme at a university in Catalonia, articulate their past decision to study an academic subject in English. Economics students (34 in total) completed an oral elicitation task and the monologues yielded were analysed using thematic analysis. Three dominant themes emerged: (1) The right fit for me; (2) To practise my English; and (3) English comes with benefits. Each of these themes is presented as a composite description of the students’ ideas about their past choice from the temporal position of the here-and-now, and explored through distinct but complementary social psychological and sociological lenses. The present study finds threads running through the students’ narratives of a near effortlessness to choose to learn in this way, as well as an understanding of the capital value of English. For some, their sole stated motive was to develop and preserve this linguistic asset.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation under Grant number FFI2013-48640-C2-1P.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher John Benjamins Publishing
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of English-Medium Instruction. 2023;2(1):79-100.
dc.rights © John Benjamins Publishing Company. Available under the CC BY 4.0 license.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.title Motivation and investment: exploring the choice of English-medium instruction for mid-degree undergraduates in Catalonia
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/jemi.22002.mac
dc.subject.keyword investment theory
dc.subject.keyword L2 self
dc.subject.keyword linguistic capital
dc.subject.keyword narrative identity
dc.subject.keyword EMI in Spain
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/1PE/FFI2013-48640-C2-1P
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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