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Title: Unpacking professional identities for Business English students
Contributor(s): Zhang, Zuocheng  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: Professional identities are often conceived as an important goal for learners of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) (Dressen-Hammouda 2008; Smart and Brown 2002; Artemeva 2009). While this conception makes sense if we follow Lave and Wenger's (1991: 55) theory that learning is a trajectory of "knowledgeably skilled identities", little research in the field of ESP has attempted to clarify what constitutes professional identities. As Belcher and Lukkarila (2011) demonstrate, a focus on identity or who ESP learners want to become may contribute usefully to the understanding of learners' investment in language learning. An explicit description of professional identities is therefore important for understanding learning experiences in general and ESP learning in particular.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Language and Identity Across Modes of Communication, p. 291-311
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
Place of Publication: Germany
ISBN: 9781614513872
Field of Research (FOR): 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Maori)
200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
930301 Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum
930103 Learner Development
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Language and Social Processes
Series Number : 6
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