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Diving in at the deep end or making an informed decision?: a deep-interview based investigation of Swedish students’ background knowledge before selecting their course of modern language study
2009 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to investigate how informed the decision Swedish students make when selecting their course of language study actually is and to examine whether providing students with more linguistic and cultural background knowledge in relation to the modern languages they had to choose from could have a positive effect on students’ attitudes toward the modern language they eventually chose to study. A secondary focus was to investigate the attitudes and efforts of teachers in relation to this process. The study, although of use only as a basis for further work in this area due to a relatively small sample size, showed that the degree of background knowledge possessed by sixth-grade students prior to them selecting their course of modern language study was extremely limited. This was the case despite the fact that teachers at the school where the study was based were holding introductory classes in each language before students made their choice. The assumption that those the ninth-graders who had opted to continue their course of language study would be those who identified with their chosen language more strongly and who had more background knowledge did not prove to be true in the case of this sample. The study also showed that the misuse of Swedish/English reinforcement classes, something which teachers had no real power to control, was a significant factor in falling student numbers in the modern language classroom.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-45582ISRN: LTU-CUPP--09/062--SELocal ID: 34340130-0dbc-40d7-b6b5-3076d72f3f3fOAI: diva2:1018876
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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