Second Language-Mediated Personal Competence

Phil Benson, Gary Barkhuizen, Peter Bodycott, Jill Brown

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Second language-mediated personal competence is the third dimension of our model of second language identity development. In this chapter we discuss two narratives that we believe illustrate how personal development in study abroad can be mediated through second language use. BC and Daisy both went overseas in order to gain educational qualifications: BC to study for a Bachelor’s degree in New Zealand, and Daisy to study for a Master’s degree in the United Kingdom. Daisy’s story takes us through to the completion of her degree, while BC’s takes us to the end of his first year in New Zealand. As you read their stories, consider the questions below:
What were BC and Daisy’s goals for language and personal development?

What developments can be observed in their
Personal independence?

Intercultural competence?

Academic competence?

What roles did their use of English play in these developments?
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecond Language Identity in Narratives of Study Abroad
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781137029423
ISBN (Print)9781349440153
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameSecond Language Identity in Narratives of Study Abroad


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