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.
|Title of host publication||Literacies in the Age of Mobility|
|Subtitle of host publication||Literacy Practices of Adult and Adolescent Migrants|
|Editors||Annika Norland Shaswar, Jenny Rosén|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Feb 2022|