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Informal learning of English among young learners: Report from a one-year project in preschool class, grade 3, and grade 6
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education. (Centrum för språk- och litteraturdidaktik (CSL))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0511-4624
2012 (English)In: English for Young Learners – Forum: Proceedings from the Conference in Uppsala, 19 June 2012 / [ed] M. Allström & A.-M. Pinter, Centre for Professional Development and Internationalisation in Schools , 2012, p. 122-132Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In contemporary Sweden, the influx of English is great and research has shown that extramural contact with English correlates positively with secondary school students’ proficiency in English (Olsson, 2011; Sundqvist, 2009; Sylvén, 2004). However, little is known learners in primary school, because empirical studies are scare. Considering the fact that more than half of Swedish 5th-graders indicate that they have learned English as much or more outside of school as in school (Skolverket, 2004), the present study is one attempt to at least partially fulfil a void in research.

The paper reports about an on-going project among young learners of English in Sweden. The informants (N=176) are at three levels in school: preschool class, grade 3, and grade 6. The main objective of the study is to examine extramural English (‘informal learning of English outside of school in the spare time’) among young children and its connection with school, socioeconomic background, gender, and ethnicity (L1).

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Olsson, E. (2011). "Everything I read on the Internet is in English" - On the impact of extramural English on Swedish 16-year-old pupils' writing proficiency. Lic, Göteborgs universitet, Göteborg.  

Skolverket. (2004). Nationella utvärderingen av grundskolan 2003: huvudrapport - svenska/svenska som andra språk, engelska, matematik och undersökningen i årskurs 5 Skolverkets rapport, 251 (pp. 116). Stockholm: Skolverket.

Sundqvist, P. (2009). Extramural English matters: Out-of-school English and its impact on Swedish ninth graders' oral proficiency and vocabulary. PhD, Karlstad University Studies, 2009:55, Karlstad.

Sylvén, L. K. (2004). Teaching in English or English teaching? On the effects of content and language integrated learning on Swedish learners' incidental vocabulary acquisition. PhD, Göteborgs Universitet, Göteborg.  

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Centre for Professional Development and Internationalisation in Schools , 2012. p. 122-132
Keywords [en]
young learners, EFL, ESL, second language acquisition, language learing, extramural English, informal learning, EYL, vocabulary, preschool, schoolchildren
Keywords [sv]
språkinlärning, främmande språk, engelska, yngre barn, extramural engelska, fritidsengelska, informellt lärande
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-25963ISBN: 978-91-506-2323-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-25963DiVA, id: diva2:600760
Available from: 2013-01-25 Created: 2013-01-25 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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