ERIC Number: EJ1228149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
"You Are Different and Not Mainstream": An Emotion-Based Case Study of Two South Asian English Language Learners
Rawal, Hima; De Costa, Peter I.
International Multilingual Research Journal, v13 n4 p209-221 2019
A limited ability to pursue postsecondary education often leaves English language learners (ELLs) with a gamut of negative emotional experiences. Using an emotionally oriented framework to guide our study, this article focuses on the experiences of two female South Asian students who graduated from different U.S. high schools. We explored what emotions they encountered during their college preparation process and what factors shaped such emotions. Findings from our in-depth interviews revealed that our participants encountered negative emotions such as worry, discouragement, indignation, envy, confusion, and intimidation that were related to their ELL identity. We also demonstrate that it is not only their limited proficiency in English that hinders the ELLs from attending four-year colleges but also their families' economic status, a lack of awareness of college preparation courses, and a lack of assistance with their test preparation that contribute to the emergence of negative emotions.
Descriptors: Case Studies, English Language Learners, Emotional Experience, Females, Self Concept, College Preparation, Language Proficiency, Socioeconomic Status, Asian Americans, College Attendance, Psychological Patterns, High School Graduates, Test Preparation, Anxiety, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Immigrants, Second Language Instruction, Self Esteem, Course Selection (Students), College Applicants, Depression (Psychology), College Entrance Examinations, Parent Role, Teacher Role, Paying for College, Educational Finance, Financial Support
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools
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