English as a medium of instruction in Swedish upper secondary school

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Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2009
End date: 30/04/2009
Funding: 150000 SEK


Content and language integrated learning (CLIL) is a form of learning which is highly underresearched in the Swedish context. CLIL basically means that teaching is conducted through a medium of instruction other than the mother tongue of the students. There are no up to date figures on the spread of CLIL in Sweden, but already in 1999, 20% of the upper secondary schools offered CLIL in one way or another. Thus, a large number of students come into contact with CLIL and the scientific and systematic research of CLIL is highly relevant. The spread of English has for a number of years been a hotly debated issue in Sweden. Research into the effects of the language of instruction in school is especially urgent in a society increasingly characterized by multilingualism. CLIL students have themselves chosen this form of schooling. Conversely, many students with a non-Swedish background are forced to taking part in education conducted in Swedish regardless of their own wishes and their proficiency in Swedish. There are thus many similarities and differences to study in connection with CLIL not least as regards students with different background characteristics. The fact that many multilinguals with other mother tongues than Swedish also choose CLIL makes it all the more interesting to study this form of education in relation to students with various linguistic backgrounds.

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