A1 Journal article (refereed)
Current L2 self-concept of Finnish comprehensive school students : The role of grades, parents, peers, and society (2021)

Kangasvieri, T., & Leontjev, D. (2021). Current L2 self-concept of Finnish comprehensive school students : The role of grades, parents, peers, and society. System, 100, Article 102549. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2021.102549

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Kangasvieri, Teija; Leontjev, Dmitri

Journal or series: System

ISSN: 0346-251X

eISSN: 1879-3282

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 100

Article number: 102549

Publisher: Elsevier BV

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.system.2021.102549

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/76918


L2 (second/foreign language) motivation research in Finland has been scarce. Furthermore, international motivational research has focused more on ideal and ought-to selves, leaving the current L2 self-concept in the background. In the present study, we attempted to address this gap, exploring what shapes L1 (mother tongue) Finnish students' understanding of themselves as users and learners of L2s. Using structural equation modelling, we studied the relationships between students' (n = 1206) current L2 self-concept and parental encouragement, peer pressure, societal expectations, and grades. We further studied which of these factors are the best predictors of students' current L2 self-concept. We explored these relationships separately for English and languages other than English (LOTEs). The analysis showed that while in both groups, students' grades and societal expectations shaped students' current L2 self-concept the most, other factors played a greater role in the LOTEs group than in the English group. We discuss these findings with reference to the teacher's role in shaping students' current L2 self-concept.

Keywords: language learning; second language; motivation (mental objects); students; self-evaluation; study performance; English language; teachers; language teachers

Free keywords: L2 motivation; current L2 self-concept; English

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 2

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