Speaking English Just for Fun! About why some students at a school in the south of Sweden choose to speak English instead of Swedish

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Publication Student thesis
Title Speaking English Just for Fun! About why some students at a school in the south of Sweden choose to speak English instead of Swedish
Author(s) Eilers, Jessica ; Johansson, Susanne
Date 2011
English abstract
The purpose of this degree paper is to look at some adolescents’ use of English in conversations outside of school. Adolescents in today’s society come into contact with the English language in various different ways and one of these can be through oral interaction with others. By using a mixed-method approach consisting of a questionnaire and interviews this qualitative study provides an insight into some adolescents’ extramural English interactions. The goal is to find out why some students at a school in the south of Sweden choose to speak English in settings where there is no apparent reason for them to do so. The aim is also to see what the conversations look like and what attitudes the students have towards English. It was found that the main reason is because the students think it is more fun to speak English than Swedish. They claimed that they can express themselves better in English and that it sounds better to speak English. The conversations occur spontaneously and errors are corrected. Two groups of students were interviewed and their answers differed, because their attitudes towards English differed. The students, who engaged the most in extramural English conversations, were well aware of the usefulness of English.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Lärarutbildningen
Pages 52
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) code-switching
ESL
extramural English
informal learning
second language learners
speech event
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/11667 (link to this page)

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