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The importance of language for integration and social participation. A study based on a couple of SFI-students’ thoughts

Isaksson, Linda LU and Omeiche, Elena LU (2013) SOPA63 20131
School of Social Work
Abstract
The purpose of the study was to capture a number of views on what impact language has on integration processes and social life. Since language is an important component of communication amongst people, it affects several aspects of everyday life such as occupation and social participation. To accomplish the aim eight people of foreign origin with experience of studying the language education program SFI (Swedish For Immigrants) were interviewed, thus qualitative method was used. The interviews took place in a municipality in South of Sweden. To achieve a holistic perspective on the main issues in the study, spotlight was directed upon the participants own experience and opinions. Based upon the data collected theoretical frameworks were... (More)
The purpose of the study was to capture a number of views on what impact language has on integration processes and social life. Since language is an important component of communication amongst people, it affects several aspects of everyday life such as occupation and social participation. To accomplish the aim eight people of foreign origin with experience of studying the language education program SFI (Swedish For Immigrants) were interviewed, thus qualitative method was used. The interviews took place in a municipality in South of Sweden. To achieve a holistic perspective on the main issues in the study, spotlight was directed upon the participants own experience and opinions. Based upon the data collected theoretical frameworks were chosen. The primary empirical material was later analyzed through coding and categorized in the study analysis, and part in themes found particularly relevant. Conclusions made were that language is important for integration and concerns many aspects of importance, such as sense of meaningfulness and personal prerequisites – which in turn consociates with interaction between people. Moreover a significant deduction was that the complexity of chosen topics must embrace a mutual responsibility, which implicates involvement on both individual and societal level. (Less)
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author
Isaksson, Linda LU and Omeiche, Elena LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Language, integration, SFI (Swedish For Immigrants), social participation, meaningfulness
language
Swedish
id
3810649
date added to LUP
2013-06-20 11:04:59
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2013-06-20 11:04:59
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  abstract     = {The purpose of the study was to capture a number of views on what impact language has on integration processes and social life. Since language is an important component of communication amongst people, it affects several aspects of everyday life such as occupation and social participation. To accomplish the aim eight people of foreign origin with experience of studying the language education program SFI (Swedish For Immigrants) were interviewed, thus qualitative method was used. The interviews took place in a municipality in South of Sweden. To achieve a holistic perspective on the main issues in the study, spotlight was directed upon the participants own experience and opinions. Based upon the data collected theoretical frameworks were chosen. The primary empirical material was later analyzed through coding and categorized in the study analysis, and part in themes found particularly relevant. Conclusions made were that language is important for integration and concerns many aspects of importance, such as sense of meaningfulness and personal prerequisites – which in turn consociates with interaction between people. Moreover a significant deduction was that the complexity of chosen topics must embrace a mutual responsibility, which implicates involvement on both individual and societal level.},
  author       = {Isaksson, Linda and Omeiche, Elena},
  keyword      = {Language,integration,SFI (Swedish For Immigrants),social participation,meaningfulness},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The importance of language for integration and social participation. A study based on a couple of SFI-students’ thoughts},
  year         = {2013},
}