Beyond Je m'appelle: Perceptions of competence and Francophone identity among French as a Second Language speakers

Date created: 
2017-04-13
Identifier: 
etd10117
Keywords: 
French as a second language
Self-perceived communicative competence
Social identity
Francophone community
Legitimacy
Belonging
Abstract: 

While many studies have examined the perception of second language (L2) learner competence by native speakers, few consider the perspectives of L2 learners themselves. This study seeks to explore the question of whether French L2 (FL2) speakers’ self-perceived communicative competence (SPCC) influences their sense of belonging with the Francophone community. To do this, I interviewed six FL2 speakers attending university in British Columbia, Canada. Their responses, along with my own self-reflections, offer firsthand accounts of FL2 learning experiences and identity formation as French speakers in a minority French context. These narratives illustrate that the relationship between SPCC and identity is complex, multifaceted and ever-changing, and that even though participants had varying perspectives of their L2 competence, all of them ultimately felt unable to fully claim membership in the Canadian Francophone community. This raises questions of legitimacy and belonging for FL2 speakers in the Canadian context.

Document type: 
Thesis
Rights: 
This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Senior supervisor: 
Gaëlle Planchenault
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: Department of French
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.
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