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Friend or Foe?: - De valbara språkens ställning och status gentemot kärnämnesspråken svenska och engelska
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Friend or Foe? : On the position and status of eligible languages in comparison to compulsory Swedish and English (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines the attitudes towards the optional foreign languages in primary school. The aim is to investigate the status of the status of the foreign languages and how it could affect the foreign language classroom in the future. The material in this thesis consists of surveys and interviews, which have been summarised, contrasted and analysed from the perspectives of gender and geography. This study shows that the differences in attitudes towards foreign languages, seen from an urban/rural perspective, are generally small and insignificant. A number of gendered differences in attitudes towards foreign languages has been found. These findings both contrast and confirm results from gender investigations that have been carried out in English speaking societies. The conclusions of this work are that students in general do not think that it is enough to master English. However, the nature of the foreign language subject, in terms of teaching contents, teaching style and optional status, makes it easier for students to opt languages out.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 44 p.
Keyword [sv]
attityder, språkval, svengelska, tredjespråk
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Pedagogical Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-67111OAI: diva2:610686
Subject / course
Examensarbete för lärarexamen
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-03-12 Created: 2013-03-12 Last updated: 2013-03-12Bibliographically approved

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