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Fanfictionskrivande på engelska: Språkinlärning i en nätbaserad praxisgemenskap?
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Fan Fiction Writing in English : Language Learning in an Internet-based Community of Practice? (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to investigate the English writing activities of young Swedes on the site to determine what type of differences were perceived between this activity and the writing activities taking place in upper secondary English courses, what effects fan fiction had on their English skills as well as what possibilities were perceived in regards to using fan fiction as a tool of learning. Methods used include an interview study along with a textual analysis to determine changes in grammatical complexity, errors and mistakes. Results indicate that partaking in fan fiction-related communities of practice in English can potentially improve language skills. Results also showed that informants valued interaction and practical language use, largely perceiving the formal teaching of English as lacking in opportunities for practical, contextually relevant and creative language use. However, introducing fan fiction and its practices of peer-reviewing in a formal educational setting was also perceived as risky, at the same time as there existed a sense of optimism that the fan fiction format and its practices could both be used to facilitate learning.

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Keyword [sv]
literacy, sociokulturell teori, språkutveckling
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Pedagogical Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-104937OAI: diva2:821827
Subject / course
Examensarbete för lärarexamen
Educational program
Teacher Education Programme
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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