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EFL students' metaphorical conceptualizations of language learning

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posted on 2016-12-01, 00:00 authored by Miguel Farías, Leornado Véliz
Traditional approaches to metaphor have focused primarily on its ubiquity in language and thought. Recently, a growing interest in the pervasiveness of metaphor in modes other than purely linguistic ones has been explored. In this paper particular attention is paid to non-verbal forms of metaphorical depiction. We have examined a small corpus of EFL students' drawings and narratives in order to both tap into their mental representations of what 'language learning' means to them and get closer insights into these learners' belief system. We approach the analysis multimodally, by scrutinizing the various meaning-making potentials of images and text as they conceptualize the learners' perspectives of English language learning. To frame the study of these metaphorical representations, we take Block's (2003) 'acquisition' and 'participation' metaphors and Oxford et al.'s (1998) perspectives on education. Results indicate that most of the visual and narrative metaphorical depictions portray language learning as a dynamic, individual acquisition process and can, therefore, be comprehended primarily through the Learner-Centered Growth perspective.

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Journal

Trabalhos em Linguística Aplicada

Volume

55

Issue

3

Pagination

833 - 850

Publisher

Universidade Estadual de Campina

Location

Campinas, Brazil

ISSN

0103-1813

eISSN

2175-764X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2016, The Authors

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