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Swedish dissertations on foreign language education in Sweden: A research survey of the years 2000-2009

Journal article
Authors Jörgen Tholin
Published in Moderna Sprak
Volume 109
Issue 2
Pages 75-103
ISSN 2000-3560
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Education and Special Education
Pages 75-103
Language en
Keywords language education, dissertations, language didactics, foreign languages, Linguistics, Literature
Subject categories Educational Sciences


This article surveys doctoral dissertations in language education written in Sweden over the ten years from 2000 to 2009. The survey concentrates on foreign languages. 23 dissertations are studied, 12 dealing with English, five with French, two with German, one with Spanish, one with Italian, and two with no specific language. Eighteen of the dissertations principally deal with years seven to nine of primary/lower-secondary school and with upper-secondary school, two deal with language studies at university level, and one deals with upper-secondary school and university. The article ends with a short followup on the researchers surveyed and the research they have conducted since writing their dissertations. The contents of the dissertations allow six overall research themes to be discerned: The concept of culture, Assessment of students' oral and written proficiencies, Error analysis and transfer, English outside the English classroom, The professional practice of teachers and Language acquisition.

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