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

Amina Al Dhaif, Graham Hall*, Rola Naeb

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiteracies in the Age of Mobility
Subtitle of host publicationLiteracy Practices of Adult and Adolescent Migrants
EditorsAnnika Norland Shaswar, Jenny Rosén
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter4
Pages77-101
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783030833176
ISBN (Print)9783030833169
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2022

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