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“It’s the end of all courses and we are learning the last things”: Students’ and teachers’ perceptions on how English 7 and how it prepares them for tertiary education: a case study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English. (Magister)
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This case study investigates students’ and teachers’ perceptions on the course of English 7 taught at Swedish upper secondary school. More specifically, it investigates students’ perceptions on how the course will benefit them in their further studies and how their teachers prepare the students for further studies with this course. The interest of this study was raised as studies have shown that many non-native speakers of English find first year at tertiary education difficult. The difficulties, studies indicate, are common to non-native English speakers, regardless of their mother tongue. These findings enticed the interest to find out what Swedish pupils learn in their last year of upper secondary school and if and how they are prepared for the tertiary education by their teachers, concerning English. Although English 6 is prerequisite to most Swedish tertiary educations, this case study investigates the course of English 7 as one of its’ purposes is to deal with academic language and genres.  The findings of this case study are based on classroom observations, a questionnaire filled in by 33 students and an interview with their teachers. The results of this case study reveal that the students find that they have improved their English skills and that they are well prepared for tertiary studies. The findings of this study also suggest that teachers teach this course in a different manner and that it is difficult to teach the course in line with EAP as students are likely to study at different departments with various subject related discourse. The findings of this case study, somewhat, contradict earlier studies that show non-native speakers’ difficulties with the English language at the beginning of their studies. This may be explained by the fact that the case study’s interest was on the students’ perceptions and not their actual language skills in English.  Also, the study does not investigate the students’ perceptions of tertiary education.

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2016. , 37 p.
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131029OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-131029DiVA: diva2:935246
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2016-06-02, E800, Engelska Institutionen, Stockholm, 11:52 (English)
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Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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