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Starting with practice - workplace related second language learning in and out of school
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.
2013 (English)In: Foreing Language Learning Outside School: Places to See, Learn and Enjoy / [ed] Jutta Rymarczyk, Frankuft am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2013, 35-61 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter presents a study on four case studies focussing L2 learners involved in workplace learning as part of the basic Swedish language program for adult immigrants. In Sweden, as elsewhere, it is expected that a curriculum including work placements will facilitate newcomers’ rapid labour market entrance as well as their language acquisition. However, the quantitative analysis show that the students had few opportunities for learning the L2 at the work placements due to the very limitied extent of interaction taking place. Also, the qualitative analysis shows that the situated nature of the interaction allowed for the use of limited vocabulary and syntax which contributed to reducing the students’ opportunities for learning Swedish. On the other hand, the resources available within the situated interactions supported understanding and interacting. However, the study indicates that simultaneous access to both contexts – school and work placements – provides a potential for language development. To exploit this potential a model is proposed where (semi-)authentic interaction at work placements is taken as a point of departure for the content of the tuition. The model aims at making visible, utilizing and strengthening the learning potential in both contexts.

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Frankuft am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2013. 35-61 p.
, Inquiries in Language Learning, 8
Keyword [en]
adult second language learning, informal language learning
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Language Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97764ISBN: 978-3-62255-1ISBN: 3631622554OAI: diva2:680070
Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-12-17 Last updated: 2013-12-17Bibliographically approved

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