Study abroad in pictures: photographs as data in life-story research

Tae Umino, Philip Benson

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    This chapter reports on two longitudinal case studies of international students studying Japanese as a second language (L2) in universities in Japan. The students took photographs of any events in which they had participated. The photographs taken in large quantities were coded for the people depicted in them and related to the events in the students’ lives (in subsequent sets of interviews) to consider which communities of practice they had been allowed access to and the consequences of these for the development of their identities as speakers of Japanese during their study abroad. The study indicates that involvement in L2-mediated communities of practice is essential in constructing identity as L2 ‘users’ and highlights the impact of the use of photographs in L2 narrative research.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationVisualising multilingual lives
    Subtitle of host publicationmore than words
    EditorsPaula Kalaja, Silvia Melo-Pfeifer
    Place of PublicationBristol, UK
    PublisherMultilingual Matters
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Electronic)9781788922616, 9781788922623
    ISBN (Print)9781788922593, 9781788922609
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Publication series

    NamePsychology of language learning and teaching


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