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Being ‘a competent language user’ in a world of Others – Adult migrants’ perceptions and constructions of communicative competence
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8631-2173
2018 (English)In: Linguistics and Education, ISSN 0898-5898, E-ISSN 1873-1864, Vol. 45, p. 101-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates the lived experience of language (Busch, 2017) in relation to perceptions of what it means to be ‘a competent language user’. How to define language competence is an ongoing discussion in applied linguistics. However, relatively little attention has been given to the lived experiences of adult migrants with respect to their perceptions of competence. Drawing on an analysis of focus group discussions with adult migrants enrolled in a language program in basic Swedish, this article builds on understandings of communicative competence as a relational construct shaped by intersubjective processes. Corroborating the relational view of competence is the importance given to emotional perspectives on competence and the role played by assessments, both those made by others and internalized self-assessments. Meanwhile, discourses on the language competence of adult migrants often frame successful language learning as an individual responsibility and achievement, obscuring the relational process underlying the perceptions and constructions of communicative competence.

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2018. Vol. 45, p. 101-109
Keywords [en]
Communicative competence, Lived experience of language, Adult migrants, Assessments, Emotions, Embodiment, Adult education
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Specific Languages
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Scandinavian Languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157098DOI: 10.1016/j.linged.2018.04.004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157098DiVA, id: diva2:1215746
Available from: 2018-06-08 Created: 2018-06-08 Last updated: 2018-06-12Bibliographically approved

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