A2 Review article, Literature review, Systematic review
A language socialisation perspective on Swedish immersion in Finland : Students, teachers, and parents as key actors (2022)

Björklund, S., Mård-Miettinen, K., & Pakarinen, S. (2022). A language socialisation perspective on Swedish immersion in Finland : Students, teachers, and parents as key actors. Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education, 10(2), 323-342. https://doi.org/10.1075/jicb.21019.bjo

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All authors or editors: Björklund, Siv; Mård-Miettinen, Karita; Pakarinen, Sanna

Journal or series: Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education

ISSN: 2212-8433

eISSN: 2212-8441

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 08/08/2022

Volume: 10

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 323-342

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/jicb.21019.bjo

Publication open access: Not open

Publication channel open access: Channel is not openly available

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82696


This retrospective review applies a language socialisation perspective in examining the findings of a four-year research project on Swedish immersion in Finland. Findings from nine sub-studies within the project are reported with a point-of-view from three key actors’ (teachers, students, and parents) language socialisation processes. Results show that a special feature of immersion teacher socialisation is its continuous attention toward the additive multilingual nature of immersion education, which requires sustained attention to multilingual language use and development. Students in Swedish immersion are socialised into the use of multiple languages in school and act as socialisation agents also outside school. They bring the immersion language to their homes and influence the family language use. Immersion may thus have a considerable influence on how majority language speakers self-identify as language users. Altogether, the sub-studies demonstrate that the benefits of immersion education extend well beyond learning success of students.

Keywords: languages; language learning; bilingualism; multilingualism; language immersion; use of language; socialisation; Swedish language; teachers; students; parents

Free keywords: immersion students; language majority; immersion teachers; multilingualism; bilingual education; immersion parents; Swedish immersion; language socialisation

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Reporting Year: 2022

Preliminary JUFO rating: 1

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