The multivoiced English-for-young-learners subject in Sweden: Spaces for plurilingualism?

Forfattere

  • Sophia Gasson Stockholm University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5617/adno.8376

Emneord (Nøkkelord):

English for young learners, English syllabus in Sweden; ideological and implementational space; languages in the curriculum; plurilingualism

Sammendrag

Abstract

Already in primary school in Sweden, English is one of several language subjects within a larger curriculum. Despite this, the curricular space for the English subject to leverage and contribute to plurilingual competence has hitherto received little attention. This study centres on the construction of the primary English subject in the 2011 (revised 2018) curriculum, also in relation to other language syllabi, using the concept of ‘voice as perspective on topic’ (Linell, 2009) to analyse ideologies that are salient, backgrounded, and absent in the English syllabus and those transcending language syllabi boundaries. Findings show that different voices are salient in the English subject in years 1–3 and 4–6, constructing an oral-based and fun subject contra an increasingly academic and communicatively-focused subject respectively. Monoglossic ideologies in English language teaching are challenged insofar as English is not positioned as a language belonging to specific nations or speakers. However, there exists no explicit space for plurilingual competence in assessment, where instead pupils’ monolingual performances are assessed. In addition, unlike other language syllabi, the English syllabus contains no explicit mention of multilingual awareness-raising of languages in the learners’ repertoire, thereby limiting explicit space for plurilingualism. Nevertheless, across the language syllabi, a functional view of language is salient, where communicative strategies, language form for functionally justified ends, and text genres form part of the core content of the education. This creates implicit spaces for teaching and learning in the English subject to leverage and contribute to developing underlying functional linguistic proficiency (see Cummins, 2000, 2007).

Nedlastinger

Publisert

2021-11-23

Hvordan referere

Gasson, S. (2021). The multivoiced English-for-young-learners subject in Sweden: Spaces for plurilingualism? . Acta Didactica Norden, 15(2), 27 sider. https://doi.org/10.5617/adno.8376