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English first Policy and practice in a Swedish EMI primary class
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.
Number of Authors: 1
2017 (English)In: Journal of Immersion and Content Based Language Education, ISSN 2212-8433, E-ISSN 2212-8441, Vol. 5, no 2, 214-237 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This case study explores the questions of how national and local education policies address languages of instruction for a Swedish compulsory school offering English-medium instruction (hereafter EMI) as well as how these policies are interpreted and implemented in practice. Critical discourse analysis provides a framework for examining the relationship between stated and enacted policies at the various institutional levels. Methods from linguistic ethnography yielded rich data including classroom observations, interviews, and artifact collection over a period of three school years in grades four through six. Findings from the study reveal discourses of language hierarchies, a native speaker ideal privileging English and practices that reflect varying degrees of language separation. While Swedish is occasionally used to support English-medium content learning, there is little space for students' mother tongues in the mainstream classroom. The findings from this study have implications for how stakeholders may put language-in-education policies into practice in EMI programs.

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2017. Vol. 5, no 2, 214-237 p.
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English-medium instruction, content and language integrated learning, bilingual education, English in Sweden, primary school, practiced language policies, language hierarchies, native speaker ideal, language separation
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Languages and Literature Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-149925DOI: 10.1075/jicb.5.2.03totISI: 000415127200005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-149925DiVA: diva2:1164847
Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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