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Student ambivalence toward second language education in three Swedish upper secondary schools
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8869-668
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.
2020 (English)In: Linguistics and Education, ISSN 0898-5898, E-ISSN 1873-1864, Vol. 55, article id 100767Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores the relatively unique educational design of the school subject Swedish as a second language (SSL) through ethnographic fieldwork in three linguistically diverse schools in Sweden. A main point is the importance of carefully considering the local educational context in relation to its organizational design and embeddedness in language ideologies and linguistic hierarchies when researching and discussing educational practices designed for linguistically and culturally diverse students. Since L2 education2 may become part of a negative social categorization of students (e.g. Talmy, 2011), we focus on student perspectives, i.e. 15 students’ narrated experiences of SSL in upper secondary schools where SSL is a voluntary subject3 and the teachers are highly qualified. On the basis of stance analysis (Du Bois, 2007, Jaffe, 2009), we discuss both the students’ motives for choosing SSL and their reasons for continuing to study SSL. Findings show an ambivalence toward the subject, which is related to conflicting discourses surrounding it (Hedman & Magnusson, 2018). On the one hand, the narratives reflect that SSL may be associated with negative societal discourses on immigration and L2 use; on the other, they provide examples of affordances of SSL, i.e. counter images to these discourses (cf. contrastive insights, Hymes, 1996). Not least, pedagogical scaffolding of advanced content was analyzed as a main reward. The fact that attending SSL in these schools was not an exception, separating a few from the majority, also allows for a problematization of “mainstream”.

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2020. Vol. 55, article id 100767
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Second language instruction, Swedish as a second language, Student perspectives, Equality in education, Contrastive insights
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Didactics General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Language Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176260DOI: 10.1016/j.linged.2019.100767OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176260DiVA, id: diva2:1373343
Available from: 2019-11-26 Created: 2019-11-26 Last updated: 2019-12-08Bibliographically approved

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