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"De har inte den här bilden av mig, den sanna bilden": En studie av vad som händer med identiteten när man lär sig svenska som andraspråk som vuxen
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"They don´t have the picture of me, the true picture" : A study of what happens with identity when you learn a second language as an adult (English)
Abstract [sv]

Studien har två syften: att undersöka relationen mellan inlärningen av ett andraspråk, i vuxen ålder, och inlärares identitet och att ta reda på om personer som arbetar på SFI, som har kommit till Sverige i vuxen ålder, arbetar identitetsstödjande med språkinlärning eller bemöter eleverna på ett sätt som stödjer identitetsskapandet för eleverna. För att undersöka detta har semistrukturella intervjuer använts och de har analyserats med hjälp av metoden fenomenografi. De åtta personer, som har intervjuats, har alla kommit till Sverige i vuxen ålder och arbetar inom olika yrkesområden på SFI i en mellanstor, svensk stad. I intervjuerna framkom att alla de intervjuade personerna förändrade sin identitet när de var nya i Sverige. Undersökningen visar att det som var svårast var att hitta nyanser i språket och att uttrycka känslor och åsikter på det nya språket. De intervjuade sa att de kopplade sin egen bakgrund till eleverna och bemötte eleverna på ett identitetsstödjande sätt. Det man behöver jobba med på SFI är nyanser och djup i språket, att veta i vilken kontext man kan använda ett visst språkbruk och att jobba med språk och kultur på samma gång. Det skulle fungera identitetsstödjande att reflektera över hur man kan komma in i samhället och bli delaktig. Alla som möter nyanlända behöver bortse från språksvårigheter och istället se människan bakom orden. 

Abstract [en]

The study has two purposes: to investigate the relation between second language learning as an adult and the students' identity, and to analyse if the persons who work at SFI (Swedish for immigrants), who has arrived to Sweden as adults, work to support the students' identity as they learn the languages, or if they treat the students in a way that support their creation of a new/changed identity. To investigate this, has semi-structural interviews been used and they have been analysed with a method called “fenomenografi”. The eight persons who have been interviewed have all come to Sweden as adults and they work with different professions at SFI, in a middle-sized town in Sweden. In the interviews you could see that all the informants changed their identities when they had just arrived to Sweden. The study shows that the hardest point in the language learning was to learn to use the shades of meaning and how to express feelings and opinions in the new language. The informants told that they connected their own historical background with the students' stories and treated them in a way that supported the students' identities. At SFI you need to work with the use of different shades of meaning and go to the bottom with the language. You must also work with how to know where in different contexts you should use different styles in languages and work with both language and culture at the same time. It would work as a support to the identities to reflect on how to get into and participate in the society. Everyone who gets to meet persons who have recently arrived needs to leave the difficulties with the language out of account and instead see the individuals behind the words. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
treatment, identity, creation of identity, SFI (teaching of Swedish for immigrants), Swedish as a second language
Keyword [sv]
svenska som andraspråk, identitet, SFI, identitetsskapande, bemötande
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-33027OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-33027DiVA: diva2:730703
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Swedish as a Second Language
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Available from: 2014-06-30 Created: 2014-06-29 Last updated: 2014-06-30Bibliographically approved

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