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To be or not to be – identity in EFL

There is ongoing research into the role that identity plays as a motivation in foreign language education. Some claim learners develop new identities stemming from the links they create with new and different social contexts, and the aspiration to belong to ‘imagined communities of the target language speakers’. Others argue that classroom-based EFL doesn’t allow construction of a new identities or point out that the imagined communities are global and transnational rather than linked to a specific culture.

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