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Multilingualism in the English classroom - Positive and challenging aspects of using students first language as a tool in foreign language education
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Due to an increasing number of students in the Swedish schools who has another first language

than Swedish, multilingualism is now a feature all teachers must consider – and language

teachers in particular. While multilingualism previously was believed to cause intellectual

disabilities, more current research has showed the benefits of being proficient in several

languages. Pedagogical strategies such as translanguaging, in which a students’ entire linguistic

repertoire is recognized, has been developed, and studies have shown that this has increased

students’ metalinguistic awareness. Despite this, a policy analysis of steering documents shows

that other languages possibly could be interpreted as a problem in English education. By

conducting interviews with English teachers I have identified positive as well as challenging

aspects of using students’ first languages in English education in a multilingual classroom. This

has concluded in a number of suggestions to policy makers, educators and researchers, in order

to better make use of the positive aspects of multilingualism and solve some of the challenges.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 31
Keywords [en]
English as a foreign language, EFL, multilingualism, translanguaging
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Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-75539OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-75539DiVA, id: diva2:1340156
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English; English
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Available from: 2019-08-02 Created: 2019-08-02 Last updated: 2019-09-12Bibliographically approved

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