Differences in Second Language Learning Depending on Starting Age and Amount of Exposure

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Publication Student essay 15hp
Title Differences in Second Language Learning Depending on Starting Age and Amount of Exposure
Author Malmgren, Gabriella
Date 2017
English abstract
In the Swedish school system, English is one of three core subjects that are mandatory to pass at the end of year 9 to be able to engage in further studies in high school. However, English is not introduced at the same time in all schools. In fact, primary schools in Sweden can choose freely (between age 6-10) when they want to start introducing English to their students. The main purpose of this paper is to disclose if starting English education at an earlier age results in higher student scores on the total score and the three different parts of the National Exam for English in year 6. The National Exam scores from 14 different schools were collected and compared. 7 schools that introduce English in year 1, and 7 schools who begin their English education in year 3. The results from the statistical tests show that there is a significant difference between the two groups at the total score, speaking, and receptive skills. The early starters performed better on all parts. However, there was no significant difference between the groups in writing.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Lärande och samhälle
Pages 41
Language eng (iso)
Subject second language learning
foreign language learning
starting age
amount of exposure
esl
english as a second language
early learners
english in primary school
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