Identity’s Playground: Linking Second Language Use with Strategic Competence.

Christopher Miles (1)
(1) Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at The University of Southern Mississippi,USA, United States


This case study examines how a French immigrant of Senegalese descent negotiates his L2 identity at a multicultural and multilingual workplace environment in the United States. The article is the result of a six-month qualitative case study in which the subject was shadowed and interviewed at his place of employment. The study explores the relationship between strategic competence and social identity and examines how the participant’s social identity and successful employment are linked to strategies of L2 language use and identity negotiation.

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Christopher Miles
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Author Biography

Christopher Miles, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at The University of Southern Mississippi,USA

Professor Christopher Miles is currently teaching at the University of Southern Mississippi. His research interests are in social identity and second language acquisition. Currently, he is involved in research associated with the affects of study abroad programs and synchronous electronic chat on students’ second language identities.

Miles, C. (2007). Identity’s Playground: Linking Second Language Use with Strategic Competence. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 7(1), 1–08.

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