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Ennser-Kananen, J. & Pettitt, N.
"I want to speak like the other people": Second language   learning as a virtuous spiral for migrant women?
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Ennser-Kananen, J. & Pettitt, N.   (2017). "I want to speak like the other people": Second language   learning as a virtuous spiral for migrant women?, International Review of Education, 63 (4): 583-604.
This article contributes to   scholarship on migrant women's second language (L2) education in North   America and Europe. Questioning reductionist understandings of the   relationship between female migrants, their receiving communities and L2 education,   the authors consider existing literature as well as their own qualitative work to investigate the challenges, opportunities and agency of migrant   women. Weaving together and thematically presenting previous scholarship and   qualitative data from interviews, participant observations and classroom   recordings from a mixed-gender L2 adult migrant classroom in Austria and an   all-women L2 migrant classroom in the United States, they trouble   conceptualisations which position women primarily as passive recipients of   education and in need of emancipation, while simultaneously elevating   communities as agentic providers of these. Specifically, the authors   emphasise that (1) L2 proficiency is not a guarantee for migrant women's   social inclusion or socioeconomic advancement; (2) migrant women's complex   challenges and agency need to be recognised and addressed; and (3) all   involved in L2 education of migrant women do well to become learners of their   own experiences of oppression, including their complicity in it.
Key words
Migrants, Women, L2   education, Emancipation, Gender, Family, literacy
Other interesting information
Linguistic resources are   related to civil rights, making it crucial for refugees to gain an   understanding of the host country language. Language classes provide women a   safe space in which they can enable their new opportunities and new roles.   The classroom is an empowerment space where migrant women exert their agency.
Interest for the project
Contributor´s name + email
Stéphanie Barillé -   stephanie@unak.is
Co-funded by The Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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