Connecting With Communities of Learners and Speakers: Integrative Ideals, Experiences, and Motivations of Successful Black Second Language Learners
Article first published online: 10 AUG 2011
© 2011 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, Inc.
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 44, Issue 3, pages 441–466, Fall 2011
How to Cite
Anya, U. (2011), Connecting With Communities of Learners and Speakers: Integrative Ideals, Experiences, and Motivations of Successful Black Second Language Learners. Foreign Language Annals, 44: 441–466. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.2011.01142.x
- Issue published online: 10 AUG 2011
- Article first published online: 10 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Received: 24 MAY 2010
- black L2 learners;
- second language acquisition
Utilizing data from the language learning autobiographies of six black college students, this pilot study investigates the experiences and motivations of blacks who do and do not achieve advanced-level second language acquisition (SLA). It hypothesizes that successful black second language (L2) learners (1) have positive formative experiences of investment in a community of learners; (2) desire to connect with members of a community of L2 speakers who mirror their past, present, and future/ideal selves; and (3) are motivated to excel in SLA by their integrative need to connect with both communities of learners and speakers. Findings support the study's hypotheses; however, they also call for further investigation of the nature/variety of black student L2 classroom experiences, the role of ethno-racial affinity in integrativeness, and perspectives of black heritage language learners.