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British English versus American English in a Swedish School: -an investigation about attitude, preferences and reality among students, teachers and National Tests.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities, English.
2017 (English)Student paper other, 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay is an investigation of varieties of English used, learned, and taught, in a Swedish school. The age of the students is 15-16 and they attend grade 9. The hypothesis of this essay is that American English is the variety most students prefer and use, and that British English is the variety mainly preferred by teachers and the school system. This do not collaborate with the ‘learner-centered learning’ pedagogical view (Modiano 2009:172). The data is mainly collected in three areas. 1: a teacher survey, to determine the teachers ́ views and opinions of the varieties of English. 2: a student survey, to examine whether the students prefer one variety to the other, and if they are even aware of what variety they are speaking, and 3: the data gathered from transcribing this year’s English National Test to determine what types of English that are represented in the test.

The result of this essay confirms the hypothesis that AmE is the variety both preferred and used by younger students in Sweden today, and that these students do find that they are allowed to use any variety they wish while learning in school. BrE is still the variety preferred by teachers and the school system, however AmE is catching up. Furthermore, the students do have a high level of participation in their own acquisition of English. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 29
Keywords [en]
AmE, BrE, American English, British English, listening exercise, English National Tests, grade 9
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-25521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-25521DiVA, id: diva2:1156446
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English
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Available from: 2017-11-15 Created: 2017-11-13 Last updated: 2017-11-15Bibliographically approved

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