Learning English in the multilingual classroom: Student Voices

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Publication Student thesis
Title Learning English in the multilingual classroom: Student Voices
Author(s) Harvey, Selena
Date 2010
English abstract
This dissertation seeks to investigate language diversity in the classroom and ways in which this could be a resource for teachers. By looking specifically at the experience of learning English as a third language, it aims to establish what if any differences exist between L2 and L3 learners. By first looking at the overall attitudes to learning English with the use of a survey, I hoped to identify any differences between these two groups of learners. Based on these results, focus groups were used to find out what strategies were employed and how ability, motivation and personality affected these learners. The results show that whilst there is a tendency for L3 learners to be more aware of their individual language development than L2 learners, we cannot generalize. All students are motivated by travel, as this is seen as an opportunity to communicate with other nationalities. It would appear that L3 learners have greater access to travel since they often have relatives in different countries. This study also showed that students are not used to reflecting on their learning and this is something that we, as teachers should encourage in order to help students find appropriate strategies that work for them. Finally, this study showed that all students could benefit from a move away from a contrastive Swedish/English environment to a more inclusive study of language typology in general.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Lärarutbildningen
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) English as a third language
language acquisition
learning strategies
multilingual classroom
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9572 (link to this page)

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