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English Academic Word Knowledge in Tertiary Education in Sweden
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The English language has established itself as the academic lingua franca of the world. For example, Swedish universities are mainly using English textbooks in their teaching. For students in tertiary education in Sweden, it is thus necessary to have an academic English vocabulary.

This study examines the academic word knowledge of 148 students in different disciplines at a Swedish university. The method used was a vocabulary test. The test design was based on the Vocabulary Levels Test (VLT) and the words were chosen from the Academic Word List (AWL) due to their frequency in academic written texts.

There was a rapid decline of the participants' word knowledge the less common the words were according to the AWL. The results indicate that Swedish students’ academic word knowledge in English is generally unsatisfactory, which could make the reading of academic texts troublesome for them.

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2013. , 29 p.
Keyword [en]
word knowledge, academic English, Academic Word List, Vocabulary Levels Test, education, L2 vocabulary, word test
National Category
Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-24981OAI: diva2:716524
Available from: 2014-09-01 Created: 2014-05-10 Last updated: 2014-09-01Bibliographically approved

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