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Using Extramural English Inside Schools: A qualitative study on educators’ and students’ perspective on Extramural English
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

English students nowadays have two arenas to learn English in, inside and outside school. The present study aims to examine and to analyse if and how teachers are bridging the gap between these arenas. It is a qualitative study based on interviews and questionnaires. It focuses on studying five upper secondary school teachers’ experiences in regard to English teaching and students’ leisure time activities. The purpose is to investigate if and to what extent, and in that case why, teachers take into account and incorporate students’ experience with English outside school, to enhance meaning and motivation for students. In order to have a comprehensive understanding, the study also examines the same question from the students’ perspective, that is how students regard the acquisition of English during leisure time and its importance for proficiency development. The results show that teachers are rather ambivalent towards the incorporation of activities students are engaged with outside school. The reasons differ from (1) awareness of students’ leisure time activities, (2) the belief that school needs to compensate for the informal English students acquire outside school, (3) the best way to cover the syllabus is with textbooks and similar types of activities. However, when looking at students’ perspective, they claim to have mostly developed their English in leisure-time activities. Previous research has shown that there is a gap between the English used in school and the English outside school. In order to fill this gap, there is a need of greater awareness of how to approach these two different cultures of English.

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Extramural English, motivation, English teaching, students’ experiences and interests

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2019.
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-165550OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-165550DiVA, id: diva2:1284466
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Available from: 2019-03-04 Created: 2019-01-31 Last updated: 2019-03-04Bibliographically approved

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