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Performance and ideology in speaking tests for adult migrants
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Sociolinguistics, ISSN 1360-6441, E-ISSN 1467-9841, Vol. 19, no 4, 535-558 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Language learning linked to migration is an important issue in many contemporary societies. This article discusses how adult migrants following a L2 Swedish course express beliefs on competence, language learning and language use during a test event. The theoretical framework is based on performance theory and the Bakhtinian notion of addressivity. Drawing on an interactional analysis of 27 video-recorded paired speaking tests (acandidate-candidate discussion) in the final national exam in an L2 Swedish course for adult migrants, the article discusses how the speaking tests could be interpreted as institutionalized staged performance. It is argued here that institutional performance puts ideologies on display. Stance-taking, interactional alignment and an orientation to dominant discourses on monolingualism and integration become important resources for keeping the discussion going in front of the examiners. Finally, the study argues that the view of speaking tests as performance provides a deeper understanding of the complexity of language use in test settings.

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2015. Vol. 19, no 4, 535-558 p.
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Performance, speaking tests, competence, adult migrants, interaction, ideologies
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122340DOI: 10.1111/josl.12152ISI: 000362204500005OAI: diva2:873703
Available from: 2015-11-24 Created: 2015-10-29 Last updated: 2015-12-09Bibliographically approved

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