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Val, vägar, variation: Vuxna andraspråksinlärares interaktion med svenska valaffischer
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.
2011 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Posters, paths and patterns. Adult second language learners interact with Swedish election posters

The study examines and compares, at group level, how adult second language learners interact with and understand a number of image based Swedish election posters. The analyses identify processes and variations in the learners´ interaction with the posters and expose patterns and structures as graphic ‘reading paths’ and ‘focus points’. The result shows that the reconstructions of the visual texts are influenced by the participants´ linguistic, educational and cultural resources, their ‘repertoires’, as well as the posters´ graphic design and visual and textual elements, ‘the model reader’. A certain level of linguistic proficiency as well as formal schooling and knowledge of the current discourse seem to be indispensable for making the intended interpretations. The design of election posters will need to change to enable the multicultural and second language perspective to be deliberately taken into account.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Institutionen för språkdidaktik, Stockholms universitet , 2011. , 166 p.
Series
Studier i språkdidaktik/ Studies in Language Education, 1
Keyword [en]
literacies, adult basic education, second language, socio semiotics, election posters, rethoric, image analysis
Keyword [sv]
vuxna, svenska som andraspråk, litteracitet, valaffischer, sociosemiotik, bildanalys, läsvägar
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Education in Languages and Language Development
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-51772OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-51772DiVA: diva2:385994
Available from: 2011-01-24 Created: 2011-01-12 Last updated: 2012-04-13Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Litteracitet och visuella texter: Studier om lärare och kortutbildade deltagare i sfi
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Litteracitet och visuella texter: Studier om lärare och kortutbildade deltagare i sfi
2011 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Literacies and Visual Texts : Studies on Teachers and Low Educated Learners in the Basic Swedish Language Programme for Adult Immigrants
Abstract [en]

This thesis aims to contribute to the growing body of knowledge concerning the adult basic literacy education in the Nordic countries and broaden research on literacy from its traditional focus on verbal texts to include images and visual texts. The thesis comprises a research survey concerning adult literacy and two empirical, exploratory studies focusing on the use of visual texts in the basic Swedish language programme for adult immigrants, Svenskundervisning för invandrare (sfi).

The first study presents international and Nordic research on literacy with a focus on current sociocultural, and critical perspectives. Together with the three concepts of mutual respect, meaningfulness and participation, an ‘expansive’ model for adult literacy instruction is also presented.

The second study deals with the teachers´ views on appropriate visual materials for second language and literacy teaching. The results show an extensive but diversified usage of visual material but also that literacy teachers pay very close attention to participants´ sociocultural background in their image selection but tend to underestimate their cognitive ability. From a critical perspective the teachers´ statements can be regarded as part of a discursive practice in which they unintentionally contribute to a discourse construction of an identity of deficiency of the learners.

The third study examines and compares, how adult second language learners interact with and understand a number of Swedish election posters. The analyses identify processes and variations in the learners´ interaction. The results show that the reconstructions of the visual texts are influenced by the participants´ linguistic, educational and cultural ‘repertoires’, as well as the posters´ graphic, visual and textual design. A certain level of linguistic proficiency as well as formal schooling and knowledge of the current discourse seem to be indispensable for making the intended interpretations.

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Stockholm: Institutionen för språkdidaktik, Stockholms universitet, 2011. 371 p.
Series
Doktorsavhandlingar i språkdidaktik - Dissertations in Language Education, 1
Keyword
adult basic literacy education, election posters, literacies, model reader, multimodality, reading paths, repertoire, second language, social semiotics, Swedish language programme for immigrants (sfi), visual texts
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Education in Languages and Language Development
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-51781 (URN)978-91-7447-181-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-02-12, sal G, Arrheniuslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 20 C, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2011-01-20 Created: 2011-01-12 Last updated: 2011-03-04Bibliographically approved

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