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English Teachers´Views on the Use of the Target Language in the Classroom
Halmstad University, School of Teacher Education (LUT).
2007 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

In our ever more international world, the English language plays an important role. This is

also reflected in its prominent position as a core subject in the Swedish school system. It is

therefore important that English teachers offer students an environment in which they have

the best possible opportunities to be successful in reaching the goals specified in the

syllabuses. One variable in a successful foreign language classroom is the teacher's usage

ofthe target language.

This study is about English teachers' views on the issue of target language usage in the

classroom, versus usage of the mother tongue. In this study, at Upper Secondary level, the

interviews show that the teachers are, more or less, in agreement that the target language

should be used all the time in the classroom. There are, however, occasions in which the

interviewed teachers do not work according to their own beliefs and methods and revert to

using Swedish. The main such occasions can briefly be said to be: explanation of grammar,

non-subject related "mentor's issues" and classroom management issues. In addition, this

study argues that the governing documents, previous research, as well as well-known

theories on the subject support a high usage of the target language by the teacher.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Högskolan i Halmstad/Sektionen för lärarutbildning (LUT) , 2007.
Keywords [en]
foreign language use, foreign language usage, foreign language teaching, immersion program, immersion theory, second language use, second language usage, second language teaching, target language use, target language usage
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-1388Local ID: 2082/1767OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-1388DiVA, id: diva2:238606
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Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2008-05-13 Created: 2008-05-13 Last updated: 2008-05-13

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