Journal of Intercultural Communication, issue 13, March 2007

Christopher Miles

Identityís Playground: Linking Second Language Use with Strategic Competence.


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 participantís social identity and successful employment are linked to strategies of L2 language use and identity negotiation.

Key Words: Identity, Second Language Identity, L2 strategies, Sociolinguistics, strategic competence

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