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Do extramural activities impact students’ perception of difficulty in using the English language?: A study of extramural English in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The present essay attempts to investigate Swedish 8th graders extramural activities. This is a small-scale study and the purpose of this essay is to examine what type of English activities the students participate in outside of school environments. The study also aims to investigate whether there might be a link between how often the students participate in extramural activities and their self-perception. The survey is quantitative and was conducted through a questionnaire that 33 students between the ages 14-15 in Sweden participated in. Additionally this study investigated how frequently the students participate in different extramural activities. The results were divided into two groups: Group A and Group B. The division between Group A and Group B is based on how self-confident they were ranking different activities using English. The most significant findings are that there might be a relationship between how frequently they participate in extramural activities and their self-perception of their own proficiency. This is because Group B was more frequently active and found the use of English unproblematic. Another aspect of the essay indicates that the students participate in passive activities (listening, watching and reading) more frequently than active (speaking and writing). Extramural English activities create opportunities for the students to practice and develop their English proficiency.  

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2016.
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Extramural English, incidental learning, Swedish secondary school, social media, online video games, Internet, motivation.
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131268OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-131268DiVA, id: diva2:937077
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Available from: 2017-12-19 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2017-12-19Bibliographically approved

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