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Langue Skills, Lingual Identity and Active Citizenchip
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Education, Psychology and Sport Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5882-4112
2010 (English)In: Lifelong Learning and Active Citizenship / [ed] P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, London: Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University , 2010, 472-478 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on lingual skills, lingual identity, active citizenship and the experiences of second language learners, using a life story approach. The overarching aim is to discuss second language teacher students' encountering withSwedishSchool, mother tongue tuition and second language and lifelong learning. The goal is achieved by examining an empirical context. A narrative analysis is carried out of life stories given by second language pupils. Trainee teacher students with Swedish as a Second Language told their second language learning memories as aspects of their life stories. They encountered the Swedish school in the 1990s and told their life story memories in 2007. The life stories were collected in the form of letters and in-depth group discussions. I acted as discussion leader. The stories were studied, interpreted, presented and discussed in different stages with the help of a theoretical starting points and an interpretation framework. A narrative analysis was carried out in a spiral of understanding by means of deconstruction and reconstruction.

 

The analysis shows that those teacher students' received tuition in their mother tongues when they encounteredSwedishSchool. Mother tongue in school was positive for their continued and life long learning and linguistic development. Good skills in the mother tongue were transferred to the second language and it became much easier to continue developing a second language when skills in their mother tongue improved. The teacher students' mother tongue was very important for the development of bilingualism in terms of multilingualism. Through their lifelong linguistic learning and development it becomes possible to develop an identity as multilingual persons. Good skills in the mother tongue and the second language are conditions for active citizenship in a multicultural society. When the skills in mother tongue increased, the trainee teacher students became aware of the fact that they could switch between their languages. They became aware of their identities as multi lingual citizens and their possibilities of being active multicultural citizens.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Institute for Policy Studies in Education, London Metropolitan University , 2010. 472-478 p.
Keyword [en]
Language skills, Identity, Citizenchip
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-12556ISBN: 978-1-907675-01-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-12556DiVA: diva2:423335
Conference
the twelfth Conference of theChildren’s Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network
Available from: 2011-06-15 Created: 2011-06-15 Last updated: 2017-02-01Bibliographically approved

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