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L2 students’ development of academic vocabulary: the possible impact of two learning environments

Författare och institution:
Eva Olsson (Institutionen för pedagogik och specialpedagogik)
Publicerad i:
BAAL Language Learning and Teaching SIG: Crossing Boundaries – Language Learning and Teaching Inside and Outside the Classroom. University of Lancaster, UK, 30 June 2016.,
Publikationstyp:
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Publiceringsår:
2016
Språk:
engelska
Sammanfattning (abstract):
In this study, the development of English academic vocabulary among students in Swedish school, aged 16–19, who study English as an L2 is investigated. The possible impact of English used in two different contexts on this development is studied: extramural English, i.e. English used outside school, e.g. watching films or playing computer games, and English encountered in content and language integrated instruction (CLIL), where non-language school subjects are instructed trough English. The students’ use of general academic vocabulary was analysed in four writing assignments given over three years. Comparisons were made between students who followed CLIL education targeting English and students who followed regular education with instruction in Swedish (with the exception of language classes). The frequency of the students’ extramural use of English was investigated as was the time spent on such activities. The results show that CLIL students did not progress more in their use of academic vocabulary than did students who followed regular education in Swedish in spite of the fact that CLIL students encountered and used English more often at school as well as in their spare time. The frequency of extramural English correlated with the use of academic vocabulary only in the first essay. For development of academic vocabulary over time, extramural English did not seem to have any considerable impact at all. The findings imply that frequent exposure to an L2 may not automatically result in enhanced development of academic language.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP ->
Utbildningsvetenskap
HUMANIORA ->
Språk och litteratur
Postens nummer:
241198
Posten skapad:
2016-09-02 12:11

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