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Prestige & Power: Swedish upper-secondary students' choice and attitudes towards spoken English
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The variety of English adopted by upper-secondary students has changed over the years, as have their attitudes towards those varieties. This essay examines both what variety of English upper-secondary students’ aim for in their spoken English as well as their attitudes towards two of the most common varieties. The examination involved 28 upper-secondary students and focused on their attitudes towards British and American English, while also investigating their media exposure and educational English exposure to determine their effect on varietal aims and attitudes. The results indicate a trend among upper-secondary students where aim for a spoken English resembling American English, but then contrasts that with a clear attitudinal preference for British English. These results are then put into the context of the students’ media and educational exposure of English, where certain patterns emerge, especially between the positive influence of educational exposure and attitudinal preferences.

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Keyword [en]
Varieties of English; varietal attitudes; varietal aims; media exposure; educational exposure; folk linguistics; teacher status
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131254OAI: diva2:936959
Available from: 2016-06-22 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2016-06-22Bibliographically approved

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