From Self-Doubt to Self-Acceptance: An ESL Learner’s Journey

Jing Li


The paper is a narrative inquiry into how an ESL learner transits from self-doubt to  

self-acceptance in America. Three aspects are found to be critical for the learner to  

reach self-acceptance: exposing the true self through storytelling; finding the true

self in collaborative learning; integrating the true self into the diversity. Those

aspects provide teachers practical ideas regarding how to foster students’ self-

acceptance and empower them to open themselves for communication in English. 


Self-acceptance; ESL learners; Storytelling; Collaborative learning; Diversity.

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