• Investment and Translanguaging: A Case of Nepalese Immigrant Women in Michigan

    Author(s):
    SLS Working Papers (view group) , Hima Rawal
    Editor(s):
    Jessica Fox, Irina Zaykovskaya
    Date:
    2015
    Group(s):
    SLS Working Papers
    Subject(s):
    Applied linguistics, Second language acquisition
    Item Type:
    Online publication
    Tag(s):
    english as a second language, investmet, Nepalese
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/hvnn-5p04
    Abstract:
    This research study investigated the learning and use of English by Nepali immigrant women from two theoretical perspectives: investment and translingualism. The research questions addressed what sort of investment the participants were making to learn English and to see how they used different translingual practices to co-construct their identity with both the target language and other transnational communities. Data were collected through questionnaires, observations, interviews, journal writings, and Facebook group chats. The key findings are that the Nepali immigrant women are not only motivated to improve their English but are also highly invested in doing so. They adopt different translingual negotiation strategies for the purpose of meaning-making among linguistically diverse groups of multilingual speakers. The study is significant for those connected to ESL classrooms composed of adult immigrants, as these immigrants constitute a substantial proportion of the US population.
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