Growth: The Relationship Between Metanoia and Additional Language Learning in EAP

Samantha Ranson


Taken from ancient Greek philosophy, metanoia refers to a fundamental shift in habits of the mind. Until now, the connection between metanoia and additional language learning has not been fully examined, particularly in higher education contexts. This study explored the progression of metanoia in the additional language learning of students enrolled in an English for academic purposes (EAP) program. The research question for this study related to how EAP students experienced metanoia, and what the relationship was with their additional language learning. Employing a socio-cognitive theoretical framework, qualitative research methods were used to combine an online questionnaire (n = 9) and follow-up interviews (n = 5) to collect data. Meaningful responses in the data were coded, and the codes were gathered together into emergent themes. A major theme emerging from the data in connection to metanoia and additional language learning was that of growth, particularly in terms of confidence, language learning, younger life, academic skills, organization, tolerance, community, and awareness. This study provides insight into the lives of English language learners in academic settings, and offers suggestions related to fostering an EAP environment that supports English language learning.


English for Academic Purposes; Identity; Additional Language Acquisition; Metanoia; Higher Education

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