The Controversial "Language Choice English"

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Publication Student thesis
Title The Controversial "Language Choice English"
Author(s) Andersson, Malena
Date 2006
English abstract
This dissertation deals with what in Swedish schools is called ”Språkval Engelska”. It will be refered to as Language Choice English in the ongoing text. My interest was aroused after having experienced this controversial subject as a student teacher. I found that different schools work with the subject in different ways. There is no clear syllabus for the subject since the grading is a part of the ordinary English grade. Language Choice English is an option for those who do not want to choose French, German or Spanish as Language Choice. The idea is that the subject is meant for those who cannot cope with yet another language and who need extra support in English. This study shows that not only the so-called weak pupils choose to study Language Choice English. There has been a mismanagement of the subject since so many pupils who are good at English choose it out of convenience and for tactical reasons. The idea of only letting those pupils, who actually need more support choose it, has been lost. Four different secondary schools have been investigated concerning how Language Choice English is organized. I learned that all of these schools have different organizations. The method I used was formal interviews with six different teachers at four different schools. The results of the interviews show that at some schools the subject works well. At other schools it does not. The reasons for this seem to be many. Reasons such as low status of the subject, large and heterogeneous groups and pupils and teachers who are unmotivated can be mentioned.
Swedish abstract
Examensarbetet handar om språkval Engelska. Mitt intresse väcktes när jag erfor detta kontroversiella ämne som lärarstuderande. Meningen med ämnet är att det är en hjälp för elever som inte klarar av att studera ytterligare ett språk och för elever som behöver extra stöd i engelska. Ämnet har dock misskötts då många elever väljer ämnet utav lathet eller utav taktiska skäl. Iden med att endast låta de elever som som verkligen behöver extra stöd i engelska har förlorats. Jag har utfört intervjuermed sex olika lärare på fyra olika skolor angående hur språkval engelska är organiserat. Alla skolor har olika organisationer. Jag använde mig av formella intervjuer. Resultatet av dessa var att organisationen fungerar olika bra på de olika skolorna. Orsakerna till detta är många. På de skolor där det inte fungerar lika bra anges orsaker så som att ämnet har låg status, stora heterogena grupper och lärare och elever som är omotiverade.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Lärarutbildningen
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Function
Language Choice English
Organization
Status
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/1958 (link to this page)

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