Literacy, Legitimacy, and Investment in Language Learning. The Experiences of a Female Syrian Refugee in the UK

Al-Dhaif, Amina, Hall, Graham and Naeb, Rola (2022) Literacy, Legitimacy, and Investment in Language Learning. The Experiences of a Female Syrian Refugee in the UK. In: Literacies in the Age of Mobility Literacy: Practices of Adult and Adolescent Migrants. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, pp. 77-101. ISBN 9783030833169, 9783030833176

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Abstract

Focusing on the experiences of a female Syrian refugee, Nadeema, this chapter explores the relationship between her Arabic L1 literacy, her investment in learning and becoming literate in a second language, English, and the implications of this for identity/ies negotiation in the multiple domains of her life in Britain. It traces the ways in which Nadeema’s migration and post-migration settlement experiences in the UK impacted upon her literacy development and social mobility, guided by the research question: how does a Syrian refugee’s investment in learning English intersect with her social positioning, changing identities and social mobility? Data is drawn from a broader ethnographic investigation of the language learning and identity experiences of 14 adult Syrian refugee language learners, including Nadeema, recently arrived in the UK.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: ‘Investment’ in language learning, Identity construction, Community of Practice, Ethnographic research, ESOL classrooms, Gendered identities
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2022 14:58
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 15:00
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/50445

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