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Swedish or English: A Study of L1 and L2 Preference and  Speaking Proficiency among High-functioning Upper Secondary School Students within Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Svenska eller engelska : en studie om L1 och L2 preferens och  talfärdigheter bland högfungerande gymnasieelever inom autismspektrumtillstånd (AST) (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This study is both quantitative and qualitative in nature. In order to support or discard the hypothesis that high-functioning, autistic upper secondary school students speak more freely in English than in their native language Swedish, an experiment with a narrative format was conducted with students both within and without Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Measurements of lexical density, hesitations and long pauses in the narrative were applied to assess the quality of produced speech. A questionnaire survey for teachers of this age category of students was also carried out. The analyses of the results are primarily quantitative, but a portion of the questionnaire is also thematically analysed. The study shows that there is initial support for the hypothesis.

Abstract [sv]

Denna studie är båda kvantitativ och kvalitativ i sin natur. För att stödja eller förkasta hypotesen att högfungerande, autistiska gymnasieelever talar engelska mer obehindrat än deras modersmål svenska, genomfördes ett experiment med ett berättande format med studenter både inom och utanför Autismspektrumtillstånd (AST). Mått på lexikalisk täthet, tvekan och långa pauser i berättandet användes för att utvärdera kvalitén av producerat tal. En enkätundersökning för lärare av denna ålderskategori av elever genomfördes också. Analyserna av resultaten är primärt kvantitativa, men en del av enkäten är också tematiskt analyserad. Studien visar att det föreligger ett initialt stöd för hypotesen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , p. 48
Keywords [en]
ASD, high-functioning, autism, EFL, language proficiency, upper secondary school, language preference
Keywords [sv]
AST, högfungerande, autism, EFS, språkfärdighet, gymnasieskola, språkpreferens
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-64783OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-64783DiVA, id: diva2:1160334
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English
Educational program
Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
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Available from: 2018-01-24 Created: 2017-11-27 Last updated: 2018-01-24Bibliographically approved

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