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Contextual elaborations and shifts when adult L2 learners present and discuss workplace-related vocabulary
Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society (LS), Department of Culture, Languages and Media (KSM). Malmö University, Disciplinary literacy and inclusive teaching.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2565-8875
2024 (English)In: Linguistics and Education, ISSN 0898-5898, E-ISSN 1873-1864, Vol. 80, article id 101272Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study aims to contribute knowledge about how the meanings of words selected by students based on workplace experiences (placements) in basic adult L2 education were negotiated in classroom discourse. The study, conducted in the context of Swedish for Immigrants (SFI), drew inspiration from practice-based and ethnographic methodology. It focuses on a vocabulary assignment connected to students’ placements at preschools and a hotel. The analysis was based on transcribed audio recordings and underpinned by the theoretical perspective of knowledge-building interaction. As a theoretical contribution to the field, the study develops the concepts of contextual elaboration and shifts. The findings show that some students successfully used placement experiences to contextualize their chosen words, while others found it challenging to contextualize abstract words. In the follow-up discussions, the teacher, and the students collaboratively and multi-contextually expanded on word meanings by exploring different collocations and contexts of use.

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Elsevier, 2024. Vol. 80, article id 101272
Keywords [en]
Adult education, Knowledge-building interaction, Second-language instruction, Swedish for immigrants, Vocabulary explanations
Keywords [sv]
vuxenutbildning, kunskapsbyggande interaktion, andraspråksundervisning, svenska som andraspråk, ordförrådsundervisning, språkpraktik, svenska för invandrare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-66311DOI: 10.1016/j.linged.2024.101272ISI: 001181500100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85184782321OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-66311DiVA, id: diva2:1844051
Available from: 2024-03-12 Created: 2024-03-12 Last updated: 2024-04-26Bibliographically approved

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