Swedes as Mid-Atlantic English Speakers?: Pronunciation Choices Made by Upper-secondary School Students
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
English has come to be the most widely used language in the world. To be able to communicate in various ways and with other people from different parts of the planet, it is crucial to know English. Since there are plenty of accents in English, from countries where English is spoken as a first, second or foreign language, it can be difficult to know for a learner whether to aim for a native-like British or American type of English, for example, or have a more neutral pronunciation, perhaps even with some non-native features, with which they can make themselves understood.
This study examines Swedish students’ English pronunciation, which accent they aim for, what attitude they have towards British English and American English and how they think pronunciation should be taught. The study was done in a Swedish upper-secondary school with 25 third-year students from three different classes. It also includes two teachers and their teaching methods when it comes to pronunciation.
Today Swedish schools have moved away from only using British English in schools to allowing students and teachers to use other accents and even blend features from different varieties. This study confirms indeed that the students mixed between British and American English pronunciation, even though the majority of them actually aimed for British English. Their attitudes towards the two accents were almost the same, however, and it is also suggested that teaching pronunciation might not be the same in reality as it is in theory.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 40 p.
Pronunciation, British English, American English, Mid-Atlantic English, students, upper-secondary school, English
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-34993OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-34993DiVA: diva2:1078326
Subject / course
2016-06-22, Mälardalenshögskola Västerås, HÖGSKOLEPLAN 1, 721 23 Västerås, Västerås, 11:32 (English)
Schröter, Thorsten, Universitets lektor
Molander Danielsson, Karin, Fil Dr