Språkresor: Ackumulation av språkkapital eller konsumtion av upplevelser?
2010 (Swedish)In: Praktiske Grunde . Nordisk tidsskrift for kultur- og samfundsvidenskab, ISSN 1902-2271, Vol. 4, 69-88 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article deals with the Swedish market for language travel. Up until the mid-1960s the Swedish state was the primary organizer of language travel, but has since then gradually left the market due to competition from a number of private language travel agents (among which is the Swissbased Swedish international giant EF–Education First). As a consequence, the market for language travel has undergone a remarkable change, both in quantity and as concerns target groups. Language travel for adults and young children (10-13) has expanded significantly. By examining the destinations promoted by the agencies, the article shows that language travel is concerned mainly with what could be termed school languages, that is, English, French, German and Spanish, with the appeal of the latter having increased spectacularly in the past two decades. Furthermore, the examination shows that language travel is marketed by being associated with a number of activities other than language studies–culture, gastronomy, sports–which are supposed to give the traveler unique experiences. Lastly, thefindings are discussed in the light of historical and sociological research in order to highlight how differentsocial groups in different periods have acquired language training on foreign soil.
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Förlaget Hexis , 2010. Vol. 4, 69-88 p.
Research subject Sociology of Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-146307OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-146307DiVA: diva2:397970
ProjectsSpråken, skolan och samhället