Authority Versus Experience: Dialogues on Learner Beliefs

  • Mari Aro


This chapter reports on a study of the beliefs young learners hold about language learning and how those beliefs can change over time. Young learners were interviewed over a period of more than a decade about their beliefs about how English is learnt, and excerpts from the longitudinal data gathered are here analysed from a dialogical viewpoint. The data are used to trace the development of the learners’ beliefs in terms of Bakhtinian notions of voices and authority.


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© Paula Kalaja, Ana Maria F. Barcelos, Mari Aro and Maria Ruohotie-Lyhty 2016

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