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dc.contributor.authorStrömmer, Maiju
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-02T11:19:45Z
dc.date.available2018-01-02T11:19:45Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationStrömmer, M. (2017). Work-related language learning trajectories of migrant cleaners in Finland. <em>Apples : Journal of Applied Language Studies</em>, 11 (4), 137-160. <a href="https://doi.org/10.17011/apples/urn.201712214863">doi:10.17011/apples/urn.201712214863</a>
dc.identifier.otherTUTKAID_76295
dc.identifier.urihttps://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/56565
dc.description.abstractCleaning is often the survival employment that migrants can get in their new home country. Ideally, the workplace can be a site for integration and language learning. This article explores how two migrants working as cleaners in Finland narrate their work-related Finnish language learning trajectories. The research is designed by applying nexus analysis (Scollon & Scollon, 2004), which focuses on social action in the intersection of interaction order, participants’ life experiences, and discourses in place. The social action in focus here is investment (Darvin & Norton, 2015), which means a commitment to developing language skills to achieve one’s aspirations. The article also analyses how language learners position themselves and are positioned by others, because positioning affects access to meaningful learning opportunities. Positioning analysis by Bamberg and Georgakopoulou (2008) in a small stories approach is applied to analyse the key participants’ oral narratives told in the context of ethnographic research interviews. Follow-up interviews conducted a year later are analysed to show how positioning changes over time. The study illustrates that investment in work-related language learning is meaningful when occupational development and language learning can be purposefully combined. However, migrants are positioned as a potential workforce in low-level jobs and their expertise is often ignored, which means that investments in language learning might not pay off in career development. Supporting educated migrants in finding appropriate employment would facilitate goal-oriented language learning.
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherCentre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä
dc.relation.ispartofseriesApples : Journal of Applied Language Studies
dc.rightsThis publication is copyrighted. You may download, display and print it for Your own personal use. Commercial use is prohibited.en
dc.subject.otherkielen oppiminen
dc.subject.othertyöpaikat
dc.subject.othertyössäoppiminen
dc.subject.othermaahanmuuttajat
dc.subject.othersuomen kieli
dc.subject.otherlanguage learning
dc.subject.otherlanguage in the workplace
dc.subject.othermigration
dc.subject.othernexus analysis
dc.subject.othersmall stories
dc.subject.otherpositioning
dc.titleWork-related language learning trajectories of migrant cleaners in Finland
dc.typearticle
dc.identifier.urnURN:NBN:fi:jyu-201801021010
dc.contributor.laitosKieli- ja viestintätieteiden laitosfi
dc.contributor.laitosDepartment of Language and Communication Studiesen
dc.contributor.oppiaineSuomen kieli
dc.type.urihttp://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
dc.date.updated2018-01-02T10:15:18Z
dc.type.coarjournal article
dc.description.reviewstatuspeerReviewed
dc.format.pagerange137-160
dc.relation.issn1457-9863
dc.relation.volume11
dc.type.versionpublishedVersion
dc.rights.copyright© The Author(s). Julkaisu on tekijänoikeussäännösten alainen. Teosta voi lukea ja tulostaa henkilökohtaista käyttöä varten. Käyttö kaupallisiin tarkoituksiin on kielletty.fi
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dc.relation.doi10.17011/apples/urn.201712214863


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