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

Jennifer Rose Ament, Elizabeth Machin, Carmen Pérez-Vidal

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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.
Idioma originalEnglish
Pàgines (de-a)79-100
Nombre de pàgines22
RevistaJournal of English Medium Instruction
Volum2
Número1
Data online anticipada28 de nov. 2022
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Estat de la publicacióPublicada - 2022

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