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Language Teachers’ Perception of the Influence of Bilingualism on the Acquisition of English as a Third Language
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

A variety of studies indicate that bilingualism has a positive influence on third language acquisition (TLA) (Brohy, 2001; Sagasta, 2003; Stafford et al., 2010). The purpose of this study is firstly, to confirm the view that bilingualism has a positive influence on TLA and secondly, to identify those features that have the strongest impact on it. The holistic approach Focus on Multilingualism has been applied to the study to meet its variety of influencing factors. The study is based on a qualitative research methodology using semi-structured interviews with three teachers of English. The language teachers are chosen from three different schools in the region of Stockholm, Sweden. The findings of the study indicate that bilingualism per se does not automatically give advantages in the acquisition of a third language but rather has a supportive role. It seems that the contextual factor, extramural English (English outside the school context), and the individual factor, motivation, has the most influential impact on TLA.

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Bilingualism, Extramural English, Focus on multilingualism, Learning strategies, Linguistic repertoire, Metalinguistic awareness, Motivation, Third language acquisition
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104487OAI: diva2:723510
Available from: 2014-06-16 Created: 2014-06-10 Last updated: 2014-06-16Bibliographically approved

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