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This capstone focuses on two Costa Rican women learning English in their own country and asks the question: How do Costa Rican women negotiate and construct their identities while learning English and what implications are there in their personal lives? The study was modeled after Norton's study (2000) of five immigrant women learning English in Canada. That study found that the women constantly negotiated and constructed their identities and that their home lives were affected. This study used initial and final questionnaires, two interviews and a diary study over the course of sixteen weeks to investigate and follow the changes in the identities of the participants. Both participants negotiated and constructed their identities while learning English but only one woman encountered problems in her family. The other participant did not experience any problems in her personal life, rather was supported and encouraged to learn by her family.
Buch, Jessica J, "Identity negotiation and construction: a case study of two Costa Rican women learning English" (2007). School of Education Student Capstones and Dissertations. 337.