UNCOVERING COMPLEXITIES OF EFL STUDENT’S IDENTITY IN TERMS OF SOCIOCULTURAL ENVIRONMENT
The challenges faced by EFL students in expanding circle countries in learning English as a foreign language (EIL) have been studied a lot. Although much of the previous research has revealed many events in it in general, little previous research has examined this problem specifically by raising the story of an EFL student's academic journey from the process to the sociocultural influences. By using autobiography narrative inquiry that uses reflections related to the experiences while learning English in an expanding circle (e.g., Indonesia) as the main data, the purpose of this current study is to explore the challenges faced in relation to the socio-cultural environment and reveals how the strategies used to deal with these challenges in the process of building one's identity as an EFL student. The findings in this study can make a practical contribution to becoming a benchmark and motivation to act for non-native English teachers (NNESTs) (in particular) and prospective teachers. And it can also be a reference for teachers and researchers about how policies and teaching strategies are appropriate for this problem.
Keywords: EFL, Student’s identity, Autobiographical narrative inquiry, Sociocultural influences.