Uncovering Fears, Challenges, and Motives of an Adult Learner with Dyslexia through Metaphors

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Zeynep Nesrin Coşkun
Kenan Dikilitaş


This case study aims to explore English language vocabulary acquisition experiences and conceptualizations of a single adult English language learner with mild dyslexia by drawing on metaphors and semi-structured interviews. In the study, we aimed to view the learner's perception through different lenses to gain deeper insight into her ulterior motives and desire. In the findings, language vocabulary acquisition experiences and conceptualizations attributed to the language were revealed by metaphors. This highlighted the learning barriers which obstructed the learner's foreign language acquisition; her comprehension of the English language and personal motives to overcome the challenges.


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Zeynep Nesrin Coşkun, Computer Education and Instructional Technologies, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Bahçeşehir University, Turkey

A PhD student of Computer Education and Instructional Technologies in Bahçeşehir University in Educational Sciences Department in Bahçeşehir University, Istanbul, Turkey

Kenan Dikilitaş, Department of Education, University of Stavanger, Norway

A professor at Department of Education at University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway


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