Bilingualism as a resource in students´ socialization process in multilingual contexts in higher education

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2007
End date: 31/12/2009
Funding: 3240000 SEK


The aim of the suggested project is to explore nurse students’ appropriation of literacy and communicative skills in a multilingual sector of higher education. A second goal is to find out if and in what manner bilingual practices may be used as a resource in this process. The project pays special attention to bilingual students with Swedish as a second language. The investigation will be carried out as case studies aiming at illuminating the process of professional socialization in a second language, one study focussing on how bilingual practices interplay in this process. The data consist of audio and video recordings of students’ conversations in activities during central practices in the daily routine work as well as documentation of all literacy events involved in these practices. A few communicative practices will be selected. The arrival conversation, when the patient is inscribed, is pointed out as one crucial event in the care community. We employ analytical tools from conversation analysis, interactional sociolinguistics and socio cultural theory. The results from the study can be deployed in the teaching of communicative skills in the care sector as well as in second language teaching.

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