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The influence of previously learned languages in L3 proficiency: A study on English proficiency skills amongst monolingual and multilingual university students
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 present study aims at examining the effects of a monolingual versus multilingual background when learning English as a foreign language (EFL). Two groups of EFL university students were compared: native Swedes having a monolingual background, and non-native Swedes having a multilingual background. The test results from a language proficiency test were paired up with linguistic background information about the participants. A total of 88 students took part in the study, 60 native Swedes and 28 non-native students. The results show that native Swedes had significantly higher test scores throughout the five proficiency areas (grammar, vocabulary, stress, collocations and pronunciation) tested. The results are interpreted as having implications for EFL educators. 

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2016. , 21 p.
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Cross-linguistic influence, language proficiency, EFL, L3 learning, multilingualism, English in Sweden, post-secondary education.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131261OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-131261DiVA: diva2:937014
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Available from: 2017-12-19 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved

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