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Speaking English. Teachers’ accounts of newcomers with low oral proficiency.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
2021 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of the present study is to investigate teachers’ accounts of newcomers’ low oral proficiency in English at the Introduction program, Språkintroduktionen. It also looked at challenges involved with teaching English to newcomers with low oral proficiency and possible successful methods to develop oral proficiency. The study was conducted through qualitative semi-structured interviews with four English teachers working with newcomers. The results came from their experiences and perception of their own students in the English class. What emerged from the collected data was that many newly arrived students struggle with oral proficiency in English. They came from a variety of different backgrounds, some had studied English before, and some had no school background at all. Others were used to other school systems and different teaching methods. The teachers in this study pointed at many challenges when teaching these students; one was trying to make them use the language orally in class and interacting with each other. They also reasoned on why these newcomers had difficulties reaching the oral requirement. One explanation being due to little exposure to the English language and not being used to speaking and listening to English. However, the teachers also provided useful information on how they try to develop these students' oral ability in English. The results correlates to findings in previous research, but also adds to the broader perspective on how the oral ability can be singled out as the most difficult ability for many newcomers to acquire and therefore pass English year 9.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2021. , p. 55
Keywords [en]
Newcomers, Oral proficiency, Learning English
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Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-17636Local ID: EON200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-17636DiVA, id: diva2:1606318
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Pedagogics
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Teacher Traning Programme
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Available from: 2021-11-02 Created: 2021-10-27 Last updated: 2021-11-02Bibliographically approved

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