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dc.contributor.authorStrömmer, Maiju
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-11T06:39:41Z
dc.date.available2016-07-08T21:45:05Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationStrömmer, M. (2016). Affordances and constraints : Second language learning in cleaning work. <em>Multilingua : Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication</em>, 35 (6), 697-721. <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/multi-2014-0113">doi:10.1515/multi-2014-0113</a>
dc.identifier.otherTUTKAID_67941
dc.identifier.urihttps://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/48738
dc.description.abstractThis paper examines opportunities for language learning in a cleaning job, which is a typical entry-level job for immigrants. An ethnographic case study approach is taken to investigate examples of the conditions that allow or prevent language learning for the focal participant, a sub-Saharan man who works as a cleaner in Finland. This case illustrates on a micro-scale the impact of the new economy on a worker in a company that has outsourced its cleaning services. Theoretically and methodologically, the study applies van Lier’s (2004) ecological approach to language learning and Scollon and Scollon’s (2004) nexus analysis. The analysis of interaction order shows that within outsourced cleaning services, the cleaner is isolated from the work community around him and communication between him and clients is relayed through intermediaries. Consequently, only occasional opportunities arise for interaction in L2 in the workplace. Examples of work situations that offer affordances for linguistic action are analysed in depth to find out how work-related language learning could be supported. However, the pedagogical value of such affordances might be rather low, and hence, as it often offers very limited opportunities for developing second language skills, cleaning may be a dead-end job.
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherDe Gruyter Mouton
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMultilingua : Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication
dc.subject.otherlanguage in the workplace
dc.subject.othermigration
dc.subject.othersecond language learning
dc.subject.otherethnography
dc.subject.othernexus analysis
dc.subject.otherecological approach
dc.titleAffordances and constraints : Second language learning in cleaning work
dc.typearticle
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:fi:jyu-201602101538
dc.contributor.laitosKielten laitosfi
dc.contributor.laitosDepartment of Languagesen
dc.contributor.oppiaineSuomen kieli
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
dc.date.updated2016-02-10T16:15:02Z
dc.type.coarjournal article
dc.description.reviewstatuspeerReviewed
dc.format.pagerange697-721
dc.relation.issn0167-8507
dc.relation.volume35
dc.type.versionpublishedVersion
dc.rights.copyright© 2016 the Author & De Gruyter Mouton. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.
dc.rights.accesslevelopenAccessfi
dc.relation.doi10.1515/multi-2014-0113


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