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English education for newly arrived immigrants in Sweden

Research project within The Postgraduate School in the Educational Sciences

The dissertation investigates questions regarding English education for newly arrived immigrants in at The Language Introduction Program (LIP) in Sweden.

Head of project

Jenny Bergström
Doctoral student

Project overview

Project period:

Start date: 2020-08-01

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Language Studies, Umeå School of Education

Research area

Educational sciences, Language studies

Project description

A high level of English is prerequisite for academic studies and working life in Sweden. The Swedish National Agency of Education describes the English language and its role in Sweden in the following manner:

The English language surrounds us in our daily lives and is used in such diverse areas as politics, education, and economics. Knowledge of English thus increases the individual’s opportunities to participate in different social and cultural contexts, as well as in international studies and working life. (The Swedish National Agency of Education, 2011)

LIP is an individual transit program mainly organized around progress in the subject of Swedish as a Second Language. The main purpose of LIP is to ensure a fast transit to future studies at for example upper secondary school. The focus of this dissertation is mainly on newly arrived immigrants’ need of equivalent English Education but also on school mapping and individualised education at LIP. In addition, the thesis will investigate language ideologues correlating with English education at LIP and evaluate how English education is planned, carried out and evaluated to secure equity/ equivalence in education.

The method for data collection will be ethnographic fieldwork including interviews and observations. The field study is located at two different upper secondary schools where LIP is located and the duration of the study is one school year, including breaks and periods of data analysis.  The organisation of the dissertation is a compilation thesis including three articles: one about the organisation of LIP, one about the ideologies surrounding education for newly arrived immigrants, and one article about the equity/ equivalence of the education at LIP.

I hope that my research can help to enhance focus on the importance of English education at LIP and long-term improvements of the English education at LIP.