From Self-Doubt to Self-Acceptance: An ESL Learner’s Journey
Keywords:Self-acceptance, ESL learners, Storytelling, Collaborative learning, Diversity.
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.
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