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Motives for Literacy: an investigation of adult illiterate students' motives for becoming literate.
Halmstad University, School of Humanities (HUM).
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim for this study was to investigate adult illiterate students’ motives for becoming literate. The study was conducted in an adult education institution in Sweden where I interviewed four participants learning how to read and write in a second language. All the informants were illiterate when they started school in Sweden and I wanted to investigate if there were differences in second language acquisition dependent on age, gender, motivation or motive.

Individual qualitative interviews were used in the method, based on grounded theory. The result showed no motive differences and all informants had the same motive as a goal; to obtain a job. Motivation, however, varied depending on age, but no gender differences could be found. According to this study, high motivation and a positive attitude are the most important factors for succeeding in the literacy work.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
motives, motivation, illiterate, Swedish as a second language, gender, age, SFI
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-19319OAI: diva2:546227
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-09-26 Created: 2012-08-22 Last updated: 2012-09-26Bibliographically approved

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