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Learning English by Surfing: Swedish upper secondary school students’ views on how they learn English by surfing the Internet – A case study based on a questionnaire
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2015 (English)Student paper second term, 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Lära sig engelska genom att surfa : Hur svenska gymnasieelever upplever att de lär sig engelska genom att surfa på internet – En enkätbaserad studie (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The Internet has become a natural element in society and is constantly gaining ground in schools. The aim of this paper is to find out whether upper secondary school students in Sweden estimate that their Internet use affects their second language learning positively. The study was operationalized by means of a self-completion questionnaire which was distributed to 80 students from the same school. The results show that most of the informants estimated that they spend much time on the Internet in general, most often reading the news, and that they use Swedish and English to almost the same extent doing so.  The students' English use in school is estimated to be voluntary and controlled while the Internet is mostly used voluntarily for English homework. Besides engaging in information search both in school and at home, a considerable number of students estimate that translation is an activity exclusively for homework. Most students also find that they are receptive Internet users and that their general Internet use is in line with the comprehensive aims of the English subject listed in the curriculum.

Abstract [sv]

Internet har blivit en naturlig del av samhället och är på ständig frammarsch i skolorna. Syftet med denna uppsats är att ta reda på om gymnasieelever i Sverige anser att användningen av internet påverkar deras andraspråksinlärning positivt. Studien har genomförts med hjälp av en enkät som delades ut till 80 elever från samma skola. Resultaten visar att de flesta av de tillfrågade ansåg att de tillbringar mycket tid på Internet, främst för nyhetssökningar, och att de använder både svenska och engelska. Elevernas användning av internet på engelsklektionerna i skolan tros vara både frivillig och kontrollerad medan internet används mest frivilligt för engelskläxor. Förutom att genomföra informationssökningar både i skolan och hemma, anser ett relativt stort antal elever att översättning utförs nästan uteslutande för läxor. De flesta elever anser dessutom att de är receptiva internetanvändare och att deras allmänna internetanvändning påverkar de förmågor som de ska tillägna sig i engelska enligt läroplanen positivt.

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2015. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Internet use, extramural English, out-of-school learning, second language acquisition, second language learning.
Keyword [sv]
extramural engelska, hemarbete i engelska, andraspråksinlärning.
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-36964OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-36964DiVA: diva2:828096
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English
Educational program
Teacher education
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Available from: 2015-08-05 Created: 2015-06-29 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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