Individual classroom experiences: a sociocultural comparison for understanding efl classroom language learning

Laura Miccoli


This paper compares the classroom experiences (CEs) of two university students in their process of learning English as a foreign language (EFL). The CEs emerged from individual interviews, where classroom videos promoted reflection. The analysis revealed that cognitive, social and affective experiences directly influence the learning process and that those which refer to setting, learner’s personal background, beliefs and goal influence the learning process indirectly. The analysis also revealed the singularity of some of these CEs that led to their categorization as individual CEs (ICEs). When comparing the ICEs of the two participants, the importance of a sociocultural analysis of the classroom learning process becomes evident. We conclude with an analysis of
the value of sociocultural theory in the study of classroom EFL learning and with the implications of this study for teachers and researchers.


classroom experiences; English learning; socio-cultural theory.


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