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Teaching English in Multilevel Classes: How do teachers at Swedish secondary schools face this challenge?
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to investigate how teachers of English in secondary schools experience the challenge of adapting their instruction to meet their students’ differences and needs as learners. Its ultimate purpose was to provide useful information for the development of English teaching and learning practices. As a means to achieve this, six active secondary school teachers of English, working at different schools located in Central Sweden, were interviewed. The method used to collect data was semi-structured interviews, rendering the study qualitative in nature. The concrete research questions posed were the following: What attitudes do the English teachers have towards ability grouping? How do the English teachers experience the challenge of instructing students with different needs as learners? The results indicated that there were rather divergent attitudes among the teachers towards ability grouping. Although, most participants could see that ability grouping would be advantageous in the sense that it would facilitate the teaching situation. A one-size-fits-all type of instruction seemed to be employed by most teachers in the study, where “tailoring” was used to adapt instruction. The study concluded that there were some teachers who seemed to face these challenges more effectively than others, which was also visible in the way they perceived their success in doing so.   

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 29
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LÄRARUTBILDNINGEN
Keywords [en]
multilevel classes, ability grouping, differentiated instruction, English teaching, secondary school, Sweden
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-41001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-41001DiVA, id: diva2:1251760
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English
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Available from: 2018-10-05 Created: 2018-09-27 Last updated: 2018-10-05Bibliographically approved

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