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Is teaching GA and RP enough?: A study of Swedish upper secondary students’ attitudes towards varieties of English and their English education
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study focuses on the teaching and learning of English as a second language and how different varieties of English are currently being used in education around the world and in Sweden. The purpose is to examine Swedish upper secondary students’ comprehension of different spoken varieties of English and their attitudes towards these varieties. Additionally, it will be investigated how important the students think exposure to different varieties is, which varieties they feel are important to have encountered, and what they think more generally regarding English language teaching and learning. 92 students in an upper secondary school in Sweden took part in the study. A listening exercise was carried out with follow up questions to test comprehension and examine how easy the students found the speakers to understand and how much they liked the sound of the pronunciation. This was followed by a questionnaire where the students were asked to indicate their level of agreement with statements about the importance of exposure to different varieties of English in their education. The results showed that the participants understood the speakers well in general, but that English English and American English were considered the easiest to understand and most pleasant to listen to, while Indian English ended up at the other side of the spectrum. Most of the students answered that it is very important for them to be exposed to various varieties of English in their education, and suggestions regarding which varieties to use in class were given. In conclusion, English teaching in Sweden should include more exposure to different Englishes to meet students’ requests.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 37
Series
LÄRARUTBILDNINGEN
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LÄRARUTBILDNINGEN
Keywords [en]
English as a second language, English varieties, Sweden, upper secondary school, comprehension, attitudes, exposure
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-42417OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-42417DiVA, id: diva2:1282501
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English
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Available from: 2019-01-25 Created: 2019-01-25 Last updated: 2019-01-25Bibliographically approved

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