Mitt språk, min värld : En socialpsykologisk uppsats om språk och identitetsutveckling på ett språkcafé

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Högskolan i Halmstad/Sektionen för hälsa och samhälle (HOS); Högskolan i Halmstad/Sektionen för hälsa och samhälle (HOS)


We want in this paper, by using participant observation and qualitative interviews, come

closer to an understanding of what meaning a language café might have for the people

who go there. Many of the visitors are people who recently moved to Sweden and are in

the middle of a process of learning Swedish. We want to get a further insight into how

they feel about their situation and what the social encounters on the language café might

mean to them. The purpose is to examine how this can have significance for the identity

development of the visitors.

The result shows that the language café is an important place for the visitors because it

is the only place they can go to in order to practice speaking Swedish, which is

important for them to find their place in Sweden. The language café also fulfils an

important function of a place where the visitors can receive an understanding of the

Swedish society and reflect about it, but also a place for self-reflection to see the

opportunities in the situations they find themselves in. Consistently for the language

café is the importance of the social function it fulfils, as many of the visitors has

experienced loneliness and isolation of society here in Sweden. At the language café

they can connect with new people and spend time with others who are in the same

situation as they are in. These social meetings with other people, we believe is the basis

for the identity to be created and developed, and this is done through language.



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