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Swedish upper secondary school teachers and their attitudes towards AmE, BrE, and Mid-Atlantic English.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay is to investigate what English teachers’ attitudes are towards British English, American English and Mid-Atlantic English. What variety of English do teachers use in Swedish upper secondary schools today and what are their reasons for using that variety? Do upper secondary school teachers think it is important to expose students to several varieties of English and do they teach differences (e.g. vocabulary and spelling) between varieties? The material is based on a questionnaire, which 20 participating teachers from five different upper secondary schools in Gävleborg answered. The study showed that there is an even distribution between the varieties used and taught. British English was preferred by teachers working the longest time while both AmE and MAE seemed to be growing in popularity among the younger teachers. Of the 20 teachers, 18 considered teaching differences to students since it gives them a chance to communicate effectively with people from other English speaking countries.

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2010. , p. 26
Keyword [en]
Upper secondary school, American English, AmE, British English, BrE, Mid-Atlantic English, MAE, attitudes, consistency, English as an International Language, EIL, English language teaching, ELT
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-7175Archive number: HEU:C10:5OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-7175DiVA, id: diva2:328050
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Available from: 2010-07-05 Created: 2010-07-01 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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