Lost in Language Learning

Kristian Lindhardt Nellemann, Nikoline Aarup Birk, Nina Kristine Toft-Nielsen, Alexandra Isabella Justice, Jakob Ludvig Løkkegaard & Cecilia Mørch

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project seeks to investigate the intricate processes immigrants in Denmark go through when learning Danish as a foreign or second language. It builds from an understanding of language as a social practice and a view of language learning as having more than a cognitive level. By combining theory on second language acquisition with theory on identity and communities of practice, this project looks to explore how immigrants through investment in language learning create or maintain a meaningful life within new and foreign circumstances. By analysing fieldwork consisting of qualitative, semi-structured, narrative interviews with three immigrants from different backgrounds, this project attempts to disclose what happens with one’s identity when you pull up your roots in your home country and move to a different nation. We are particularly intrigued to find out – in terms of acquiring a second language and reconstructing life in another land – how second language learners make meaning of their new existence. Since the level of investment in learning a second language depends on the processes the individual language learner goes through, they create or maintain a meaningful life by discovering their relation to the second language and accordingly investing in the learning of it.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato20 jun. 2014
VejledereMichael Svendsen Pedersen


  • Learning
  • Language
  • SLA
  • Investment