Can (a second) language be learned in the workplace?

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    Taking Danish legislation on second language teaching for refugees and immigrants as it point of departure, the article discusses whether the workplace is such an ideal place for learning a second language as the Act implies. It is pointed out that it is of crucial importance whether one sees the central concepts of the Act - language-in-the-workplace, flexibility, individualisation and effectivisation - as part of a politically restricting discourse or as a pedagogically liberating counter-discourse. Subsequently, the article offers som proposals for a language-pedagogical development of a dynamic interaction between the language teaching space and the work space, one which would enable course participants to negotiate meaning, social context and identity.
    Translated title of the contributionKan man lære (andetsprog) på arbejdspladsen?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSecond Language at Work
    EditorsKaren-Margrete Frederiksen, Karen Sonne Jakobsen, Michael Svendsen Pedersen, Karen Risager
    Number of pages14
    VolumeIRIS Publications 1
    Place of PublicationRoskilde
    PublisherRoskilde Universitet
    Publication date2006
    ISBN (Print)87-7349-658-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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