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Varieties of English and Secondary School Students in Sweden: An analysis of English textbooks and the role of Extramural English
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, English.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines what varieties of English students in Sweden are exposed to inside and outside the classroom, what variety is favored among the students and whether is there a connection between what the students learn extramurally and what they learn in school. The study examines whether the results differ based on gender with respect to students' attitudes towards British and American English. The study involves 50 students, recruited from a school in the northern part of a large city in Sweden. The term Extramural English (EE) is used as a term for all the spare time activities involving the English language outside the language classroom. Several studies, including Sundqvist's (2009) study Extramural English Matters, show that EE leads to a more varied vocabulary use and also an improved oral fluency. The results from these previous studies show in general that there is a positive correlation between EE and students' proficiency in English. The present study was carried out by using questionnaires for both students and their teacher and through a small scale analysis of the English textbooks used at school by the student groups. The results show that students favor the American variety and that EE may be a great influence regarding English varieties in general. The results are based on a very small sample, but may give a better understanding as to whether factors other than teaching of English in the classroom are important for the perceived usage of English varieties by Swedish students. The study may also contribute to an understanding of the increasing popularity of the American variety among students, both inside and outside of the English classroom.

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2015.
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Swedish Secondary School, Extramural English, American English, British English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-16975OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-16975DiVA: diva2:790025
Available from: 2015-02-23 Created: 2015-02-23 Last updated: 2015-02-23

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