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The effects of extramural English on students' vocabulary

Författare och institution:
Eva Olsson (Institutionen för pedagogik och specialpedagogik)
Publicerad i:
Språk så in i Norden (Språklärarnas riksförbund), 18 april 2016, Stockholm,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
As English is increasingly used in academic and professional contexts, it is of relevance to explore how students in secondary school develop writing proficiency in registers where not only frequently used vocabulary is required. Earlier research findings indicated that extramural English, i.e. English encountered and used outside school, is highly beneficial for students’ English proficiency, not least with regard to vocabulary knowledge. Swedish teenagers are generally highly motivated to learn English; some of them even choose an educational option where English is used as the language of instruction. In content and language integrated learning, CLIL, targeting English, different school subjects, e.g. history and physics, are taught using English. In this study, the possible impact of English encountered and used in these two contexts – trough extramural English and in CLIL – on students’ progress in academic vocabulary use in writing is explored. The results showed that CLIL students used academic vocabulary to a greater extent than students who followed regular education, but they did not progress more in their use of such vocabulary; the initial gap between CLIL and non-CLIL students did not widen over three years. Further, the results indicate that the effect of extramural English may be greater at lower proficiency levels than at higher.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Språk och litteratur
extramural English, academic vocabulary, CLIL
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2016-05-14 12:22

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