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Att vara eller inte vara en språkbrukare av engelska – ett andraspråkssocialisationsperspektiv på engelskämnet i styrdokumenten: En diskursanalytisk studie av styrdokumenten som berör engelskundervisningen för årskurserna 4-6
Södertörn University, Teacher Education.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To be or not to be a language user of English – a second language socialization perspective on the English subject in policy documents (English)
Abstract [en]

As globalization becomes a more and more recognized phenomenon with an increased flow of goods, people and information across nations’ boarders, the way we communicate is influenced. The act of communication has turned from more traditional means of communicating correctly between mostly native speakers to newer ways where the main goal is to achieve understanding between participants, whether they have the same origin or not. One language that is specifically affected by this is the English language, which is taught in Swedish schools as a major school subject. In regard to this, the aim of this degree project was to investigate how the Swedish policy documents governing the English subject education contributes to the language socialization of students in becoming a certain type of language user. The questions which were posed in order to reach an understanding of this were the following:

  • Which conceptions of the students’ communicative competence could be seen in Lgr 11 and other policy documents governing the English subject education in compulsory school between the students’ fifth and seventh year of school?
  • Which language practices were presented for the students’ language usage in Lgr 11 and other policy documents governing the English subject education in compulsory school between the students’ fifth and seventh year of school?
  • Which contexts were presented for the students’ language usage in Lgr 11 and other policy documents governing the English subject education in compulsory school between the students’ fifth and seventh year of school?  

These questions were answered in accordance with a second language socialization perspective and theories about communicative competence, functions of English and context, through a discourse analysis focused on the positioning of the subject.

The results of this study were that the student was positioned both as a novice and an advanced language user of the English language without any direct connection between the two. This could be seen based on how the students were expected to make initial contacts with the English language whilst the policy documents at the same time present an abstractedly formulated communicative competence with an emphasis on the students’ ability to use aspects of it in relation to the whole of it. Furthermore could be deduced that the teacher’s competence and ability to scaffold the students’ learning were determinant for the language user shaped by the English teaching as the policy documents only covers certain functions of the English language and aspects of contexts.    

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2019. , p. 47
Keywords [sv]
andraspråkssocialisation, kommunikativ kompetens, styrdokument åk 4 till 6, engelskämnet, funktioner av engelska, kontext, Lgr 11
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40418OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-40418DiVA, id: diva2:1416288
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English
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2020-03-24 Created: 2020-03-23 Last updated: 2020-03-24Bibliographically approved

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