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Classroom vs. extramural English: Teachers dealing with demotivation
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Center for Language and Literature in Education. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies. (Centrum för språk- och litteraturdidaktik (CSL))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0511-4624
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Center for Language and Literature in Education. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Educational Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2872-4102
2013 (English)In: Language and Linguistics Compass, ISSN 1749-818X, E-ISSN 1749-818X, Vol. 7, no 6, p. 329-338Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present article explores challenges facing EFL classrooms in Sweden due to new informal out-of-school language learning settings created by the current media landscape. A recent Swedish national evaluation identifies that a problematic situation in secondary school EFL classrooms has emerged. EFL teachers find it difficult to bridge the gap (cf. Olsson 2011) between the English used in school and the English used outside of school, extramural English (Sundqvist 2009). As a consequence, the pupils (aged 13–16) become discouraged and demotivated. Based on experiences from language teaching methodology in-service training programs and a small-scale survey, the article discusses the problem with demotivation, the empowerment of EFL teachers, and the development of teaching practices in order to meet the new challenges. The article argues that the challenges that Swedish EFL teachers currently meet can be viewed as an early indication that similar challenges are likely to emerge also in EFL classrooms elsewhere.

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2013. Vol. 7, no 6, p. 329-338
Keywords [en]
motivation, EFL, ESL, demotivation, informal learning, participatory culture, CALL, teaching methodology, in-service training
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-28163DOI: 10.1111/lnc3.12031OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-28163DiVA, id: diva2:631898
Available from: 2013-06-24 Created: 2013-06-24 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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