USES – An examination of differences and similarities in English language proficiency from a Swedish and European perspective
The USES Project performed in-depth analyses of data from an international study of knowledge of, and attitudes to English among students in the final year of compulsory school in eight European countries – Assessment of English.
Variability in language proficiency and attitudes was analysed on the basis of both Swedish and European data. To some extent, trends in relation to a smaller but similar study carried out in 1996 in three of the eight countries were also attended to. Different methods, ranging from descriptive statistical approaches to advanced multivariate, multilevel techniques, and performance oriented linguistic analyses sometimes contrastive in nature, were applied to treat the data from a quantitative as well as a qualitative angle.