Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE credits
This paper aims to examine reading comprehension among Swedish Upper Secondary School
students who are doing their last school year. My research questions are if the students have
sufficient reading comprehension to cope with university studies and higher education
according to a comprehension test and if there is a difference between students who studied
Swedish B course or Swedish as a second language B course. Furthermore it involves issues
of differences in results depending on gender and if the second-language students were born
in Sweden or abroad.
To get answers to my questions, I let 112 students in my survey carry out the reading
comprehension part of the TISUS test, observed several test sessions, and interviewed 24
students who participated in the test. The result shows that most students have difficulties
with the reading comprehension, and probably would find it difficult to study at universities
or colleges. There are major differences in the results between the Swedish B-students and
Swedish as a second language students, but also within these groupings. The students in
managethe reading comprehension test to a greater extent than the
students on practical programs, whether they had studied Swedish B or Swedish as a second
Inadequaciesin vocabulary, reading rate and comprehension strategies appear to
be the main cause of low test results. Differences between the results of the men and women
can also be discerned but the most surprising result is that second language students who were
born abroad manage the reading comprehension test better than second language students
born in Sweden.
2012. , 37 p.