Study Abroad, Identity, and Attitude towards the English Language

  • Yoko NogamiEmail author


This chapter will discuss L2 English users’ attitude towards English language through study abroad (SA) experiences. No matter where students choose to SA, English (along with a local language) is used as a lingua franca not only in an academic setting, but also in informal settings among students and sometimes with the local people. Therefore, SA cannot be discussed without the role of English as a multilingua franca (Jenkins in Englishes in Practice 2(3): 49–85, 2015). In this qualitatively approached study, narratives of two Japanese sojourners revealed unique trajectories of attitude changes (if any) towards the English language and their sense of self as an English learner/user as they went through various multilingual experiences and self-reflections during SA. The findings indicate that the quality of social networks sojourners build during SA guides development of a sense of self as an ELF user. The author will also consider educational implications for English-medium instruction programmes in higher education.



This research is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B) JP16K16893. I am grateful to the research participants for their prolonged cooperation through their SA experience.


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  1. 1.Kwansei Gakuin UniversityNishinomiyaJapan

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