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  • 1.
    Ahrling, Jane
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    A Feminist Reading of  The House of the Spirits,  Song of Solomon,  and  One Hundred Years of Solitude                            2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 2.
    Andersson, Johanna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Better Off Alone Anyway: Independent Women in Two Marian Keyes Novels2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 3.
    Andersson, Thorsten
    et al.
    Seminariet för nordisk namnforskning, Inst. för nordiska språk, Uppsala universitet.
    Nyman, EvaMid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Suffixbildungen in alten Ortsnamen.: Akten eines internationalen Symposiums in Uppsala 14.-16. Mai 2004.2004Conference proceedings (editor) (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Bell, David
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Mine Welshness. Symbols and regional identity1998In: Humanister föreläser om Wales, Irland och Jämtland, Östersund: Mitthögskolan , 1998, p. 25-34Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Bergelin Lavesson, Melindah
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Adult versus peer input: Differences in the language of six-year-olds who have been to day care centres versus those who have been at home with an adult2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to find out if there were any detectable differences in the language and language use between children who had been at home with an adult, versus children who had been at day care regularly before they started school. Eight six-year-olds, four from each group, were interviewed and their answers compared to each other. The results pointed to a slight difference in word choices and sentence structure and also a greater difference in the past tense verb forms. Children with a day care background tended to discuss and interact more with their peers, though with simpler sentences and several incorrect verb forms, while the stay-at-home children used more complex sentences and had a higher rate of correct past tense verb forms. The conclusion from this study suggests that children need both adult and peer input to develop correct language and the necessary skills for interaction.

  • 6.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Elaborating elemental etymology2001In: A wealth of English: studies in honour of Göran Kjellmer, Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gothoburgensis , 2001, p. 319-Chapter in book (Other scientific)
  • 7.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Evaluating EFLL software for English2000In: LMS Lingua, ISSN 0023-6330, Vol. 1, p. 36-39Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Football is war. A case study of minute-by-minute football commentary.2009In: Proceedings from The Third Conference on Metaphor in Language and Thought, Fortaleza, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Is there a future for ICT in early foreign language learning?2002In: Moderna språk, ISSN 0026-8577, no 1, p. 2-10Article in journal (Other scientific)
  • 10.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Min(d)ing English language data on the Web: What can Google tell us?2005In: ICAME Journal/International Computer Archive of Modern English, ISSN 0801-5775, E-ISSN 1502-5462, Vol. 29, p. 25-46Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Preposition stranding with wh-relatives: A historical survey2000In: English Language and Linguistics, ISSN 1360-6743, E-ISSN 1469-4379, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 295-316Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the course of their history, English wh-relatives are known to have undergone a syntactic change in their prepositional usage: having originally occurred only with pied-piped prepositions, they came to admit preposition stranding as an alternative pattern. The present article presents an overview of this process, showing a modest beginning of stranding in Late Middle English, an increase in Early Modern English, and then a clear decrease in the written language of today, against a more liberal use in spoken English, standard as well as nonstandard. The drop in the incidence of stranding is thus not an expression of a genuine grammatical change but due to notions of correctness derived from the grammar of Latin and affecting written usage. The general trend of the development outlined is mirrored by relative that, with which the pied piping attested in Middle English completely disappeared from the language.

  • 12.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Recension av Anders Steinvall's English Colour Terms in Context (2002)2004In: Moderna Språk, ISSN 0026-8577, Vol. 98, no 1, p. 109-113Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Review of Karin Aijmer (ed.) Corpora and Language Teaching (2009)2009In: Moderna Språk, ISSN 0026-8577, Vol. 2, p. 60-67Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Review of Marianne Hundt, Nadja Nesselhauf & Carolin Biewer’s (eds.) Corpus Linguistics and the Web (2007)2008In: ICAME journal, ISSN 0801-5775, Vol. 32, p. 252-260Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    The Internet as a foreign language learning resource2001In: Proceedings of WebNet 2001: World Conference on the WWW and Internet, Orlando, Florida, October 23-27, 2001, Norfolk: AACE , 2001, p. 68-70Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    The semiosis of Swedish car color names: Descriptive and amplifying functions2007In: Anthropology of Colour: Interdisciplinary Multilevel Modeling / [ed] Robert MacLaury, Galina Paramei & Don Dedrick, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2007, p. 337-345Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This article deals with the different semiotic functions of complex car color names in Swedish. Based on a body of 150 authentic name types, collected from both newspapers and manufacturers' catalogues, the study looks into the properties of these names from both a quantitative and qualitative perspective, discussing aspects such as morphological structure, information value, and status thinking as they apply to the data. The results of the analysis demonstrate that such color terminology is used to serve both descriptive and amplifying purposes, indicating that there is a complex interaction between physical and cultural aspects in the domain of car color semiosis. As a corollary of the patterns derived, it is argued that the car industry often seems to prefer connotation to denotation as its main color naming strategy.

  • 17.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Herriman, JenniferMobärg, Mats
    An International Master of Syntax and Semantics: Papers presented to Aimo Seppänen on the Occasion of His 75th Birthday2004Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Ohlander, Sölve
    Engelska institutionen, Göteborgs universitet.
    Taliban - a rogue word in present-day English grammar2004In: English Studies: A Journal of English Language, ISSN 0013-838X, E-ISSN 1744-4217, Vol. 85, no 3, p. 206-229Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Starren, Peter
    Vreemdetalenonderwijs en informatietechnologie2002Book (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Bergh, Gunnar
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Zanchetta, Eros
    University of Bologna.
    Web linguistics2008In: Corpus Linguistics: An International Handbook, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2008, p. 309-327Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 21.
    Borin, Lars
    Department of Linguistics, Uppsala university.
    Finding the princes in the pond: Evaluating web-based language learning resources - a literature roadmap2003In: The LingoNet project: Language learning supported by the Internet, Härnösand: Mid Sweden University , 2003, p. 22-33Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Borin, Lars
    et al.
    Department of Linguistics, Uppsala university.
    Gustavsson, Sara
    Mid Sweden University.
    Separating the chaff from the wheat: Creating evaluation standards for web-based language training resources2003In: The LingoNet project: Language learning supported by the Internet, Härnösand: Mid Sweden University , 2003, p. 9-21Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Boström, Lena
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institution of education.
    Damber, Ulla
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institution of education.
    Ivarsson, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institution of education.
    Ämnesdidaktisk forskning med relevans för språkdidaktik; teoretiska utgångspunkter, empiriska iakttagelser samt didaktiska konsekvenser.: Vad har vi fått veta, hur, varför och hur kan vi använda oss av kunskaperna?2011In: ASLAs årsbok 2010, Uppsala: ASLA, Swedish Science Press , 2011, p. 44-60Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Ämnesdidaktik är ett centralt kompetensområde för skolors praktiska verksamheter. Studier utförs inom skilda discipliner, men vilken konkret, ny kunskap genereras och hur synliggörs den? I denna studie sammanförs olika teoretiska synsätt och metodologiska ansatser inom ämnesdidaktik och vissa didaktiska aspekter reanalyseras för att tillvarata och konkretisera kunskaper utifrån tre empiriska studier med relevans för språkdidaktik. Vi exemplifierar hur de sammantaget kan ligga till grund för didaktisk verksamhet i allmänhet och språkdidaktik i synnerhet. Studien grundas på en explorativ design. Med en språklig och diskursiv analys jämför vi egenskaper och resultat från tre avhandlingar, samt analyserar samband och skillnader. Slutsatserna är att språkdidaktik rymmer liknande komplexitet som allmändidaktik. Följande gemensamma faktorer av avgörande betydelse kan skönjas; multimodalitet, medvetna metodiska val, kognitiva utmaningar, metakognitiv utveckling i interaktionen språk och tanke, motivation och intresse utifrån elevernas verkligheter, individualisering och samspel, funktionalitet och retorisk flexibilitet i språkkunskaper samt vikten av lärares reflekterande färdigheter. Studien a) pekar på möjligheter med ett multi- och transdisciplinärt, forskande förhållningssätt inom ämnesdidaktik, b) bidrar till integrering av forskning och skolpraktik c) sätter språkdidaktik i förgrunden i ett pragmatiskt perspektiv samt d) betonar samspelet mellan olika ämnesdidaktiska perspektiv.

  • 24.
    Boström, Lena
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Education.
    Ivarsson, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Education.
    Good Reading Environments for Individual Reading Development2013In: Good Reading Environments for Individual Reading Development / [ed] Boström, L., Augustsson, G., Evans, C., Charlesworth, Z. & Cool, E., Brno: Tribun, EU , 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The reading ability among today’s children and youth is highly discussed both nationally and internationally. The results for Swedish students, in both PIRLS and PISA, show a decrease in reading ability. There are different explanations to the decrease, for example deficiency in teaching and a reduction in the use of reading strategies. While a lot of research is being devoted to reading development, there is a lack on research showing overall constructive ways to build and maintain favorable reading environments for each individual. Our aim with this paper is to discuss what will work on an individual basis. Our research question is: Which are the key-factors that create good reading environments and maintain a sustainable reading interest on an individual level? The overall purpose of this paper is therefore to explore the field of research on early reading, with a special focus on good reading environments, individual conditions, reading styles and teaching strategies. The aim is to identify how good reading environments can be developed through children’s individual reading styles and strategies, and teacher’s awareness of teaching strategies that create an optimal platform for lifelong reading.   This paper is a conceptual paper in which a theoretical framework built on international empirical research was identified, by connecting and systematizing different parts of reading, learning and teaching.  This area is complex and complicated because it involves interactions and different learning and teaching perspectives. In this paper we present research showing that teaching reading based on individual reading styles and strategies is an effective way to ensure children’s´ achievement, interest, self-confidence, and motivation. Children’s awareness of reading strategies supported by favorable reading environments influence meta-cognition and also the ability and interest to become a skilled reader. It is also clear that teachers’ pedagogical knowledge is of great importance as well as their ability to use a variety of teaching strategies to meet the needs of every individual. This paper provides useful information unraveling concepts, methods and effects which can aid children, parents, teachers and researchers in understanding, evaluating and monitoring reading, thus having practical implications for promoting lifelong reading.

  • 25.
    Boström, Lena
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institution of education.
    Strzelecka, Elzbieta
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Grammatiken till heders igen: Om ett nytänkande i grammatikdidaktik2012Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Forskning om grammatikdidaktik lever ett mycket tyst liv. De senaste femton åren kan endast ett tiotal böcker, artiklar och avhandlingar spåras i vårt land. Med de nya läroplanerna framskrivs färdigheter och kunskaper i vårt språk och även i grammatiken. I denna artikel belyser vi framför allt grammatikdidaktikens hur-fråga utifrån ett språk- och utbildningsvetenskapligt fokus samt beprövad erfarenhet. Syftet är att visa hur man oberoende av grammatikteoretiskt perspektiv kan individualisera undervisningen med hjälp av kunskaper om elevernas lärstilspreferenser. Vi diskuterar grammatikdidaktik utifrån en breddad metodisk ansats och pläderar för en ny, vetenskapligt underbyggd modell för en lärstilsanpassad grammatikundervisning. Därmed vill vi väcka till liv den långdragna numera något insomnade debatten om grammatikens ställning inom svenskämnet. Dessutom vill vi generera en metodisk modell, applicerbar inom svenskämnets didaktik, för att bättre anpassa undervisningen till elevers styrkor och behov.

  • 26.
    Boström, Lena
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Education.
    Strzelecka, Elzbieta
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Teachers’ grammar teaching strategies.2013In: / [ed] Boström, L., Augustsson, G., Evans, C., Charlesworth, Z. & Cools, E., Brno: Tribun, EU , 2013Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A research strategy that only focuses on students and their learning styles and does not place them within a pedagogic context only provides a fragmentary image of students’ learning. To be able to achieve a comprehensive picture of learning, all three variables in the “didactic” triangle have to be taken into account: the students, teacher and the subject have to be evaluated. The aim of this study is to learn more about teachers' perceptions of their own grammar teaching. This study is a continuation of research into learning styles and grammar in school.  The first part of the study focused on the retention of students, whereas this study focuses on the adults' stories about grammar in school. The study’s theoretical framework is based on didactic research on Swedish grammar teaching. The focus of the study is important not only because grammar is considered to be both difficult to learn and difficult to teach, but also because knowledge of grammar is now explicitly expressed in steering documents that include clear aims.

  • 27.
    Brandin, Emma Karin
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Domestic Performance and Comedy in Cranford and Wives and Daughters2010In: The Gaskell Society Journal, ISSN 0951-7200, Vol. 24, p. 30-46Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 28.
    Brown, Joy
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Spralling into Insanity: A Study of Antoinette in Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 29.
    Carlsson Pavic, Sandra
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Läsläxor - hjälpande eller stjälpande?2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 30.
    Carrasco Castro, Bladimir Rodrigo
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Sally Reclaims her Place: The Reconstruction of the Sense of Place in My Place2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 31.
    Cherepnin, Denis
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Group talk in English:: A study on how far gender influences participation among Swedish upper secondary students2016Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 32.
    Cooper, Maria
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    xx2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 33. Dagerman, Stig
    et al.
    Hartman, Steven
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    "The Stockholm Car"2013In: Agni Magazine, ISSN 0191-3352Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    English translation of short story by Swedish author Stig Dagerman (1923-1954) about impoverished children in Depression-Era rural Sweden and the shame of being invisible.

  • 34. Dagerman, Stig
    et al.
    Hartman, Steven
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    McDermott, Alice
    Johns Hopkins University.
    Sleet: Selected Stories by Stig Dagerman: Translated from the Swedish by Steven Hartman, with a preface by Alice McDermott2013 (ed. 1st)Book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Stig Dagerman (1923–1954) was regarded as the most talented young writer of the Swedish post-war generation. By the 1940s, his fiction, plays, and journalism had catapulted him to the forefront of Swedish letters, with critics comparing him to William Faulkner, Franz Kafka, and Albert Camus. His suicide at the age of thirty-one was a national tragedy. This selection, containing a number of new translations of Dagerman's stories never before published in English, is unified by the theme of the death of innocence. Often narrated from a child's perspective, the stories give voice to childhood's tender state of receptiveness and joy tinged with longing and loneliness.

  • 35.
    Dahlin, Jonna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    "Jag tycker det är skönt att ha lite blåslampa!"2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 36.
    Damber, Ulla
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Flerspråkiga barns läsning - en miljöfråga?2010In: SCIRA Läsning, ISSN 0349-9855, Vol. 35, no 2, p. 14-17Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 37.
    Deutschmann, Mats
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Apologising in British English2003Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
    Abstract [sv]

    Avhandlingenatt undersöker funktionen av ursäkten som talakt samt sociala skillnader i dess användande i talad Brittisk engelska inspelad under tidigt 1990-tal. Materialet består av hundratals konversationer från formella och informella sammanhang och sammanlagt ingår över 1700 talare i den undersökta korpusen. Avhandlingen kan påvisa att artighetsyttringar såsom ursäkten är viktiga verktyg för att kontrollera och manipulera omgivningen och att det framförallt är medelklassen och andra grupper i maktposition som brukar artighetsformler till detta syfte.

  • 38.
    Deutschmann, Mats
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Social variation in the use of apology formulae in the British National Corpus2006In: The changing face of corpus linguistics, Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2006, p. 408-Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper explores sociolinguistic variation in the frequency of apologising in the spoken part of the British National Corpus. The starting point for the investigation is the �apology formula�, represented by the lexemes �afraid�, �apologise�, �apology�, �excuse�, �forgive�, �pardon�, �regret� and �sorry�. The sub-corpus used for the study comprises a spoken text mass of about five million words and represents dialogue produced by more than 1700 speakers acting in a number of different conversational settings. More than 3000 examples of apologising form the basis for the analysis. In the BNC, young and middle-class speakers favoured the use of the apology form. Only minor gender differences in apologising were apparent. The study implies that formulaic politeness is an important linguistic marker of social class and also shows that corpus linguistic methodology can successfully be used in socio-pragmatic research.

  • 39.
    Deutschmann, Mats
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Dyrvold, Kristian
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Gregersdotter, Katarina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Sheppard, Nicholas
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    David , McIntyre
    Kollaborativ Inlärning som startpunkt för utveckling av internetkurser inom ämnet engelska2006In: Från vision till praktik: Språkutbildning och informationsteknologi. Patrik Svensson (red.), 2006, p. 215-240Chapter in book (Other scientific)
  • 40.
    Deutschmann, Mats
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Lindgren, Eva
    Steinvall, Anders
    Sullivan, Kirk
    Peer-based intervention och key-stroke logging som hjälpmedel för att stimulera språkinlärning i översättningsundervisningen2005In: Forskning om undervisning i främmande språk: rapport från workshop i Växjö 10-11 juni 2004 / [ed] I E. Larsson Ringqvist & I. Valfridsson, Växjö: Växjö University Press , 2005, p. 65-75Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Artikeln undersöker 'Key-stroke logging' samt 'peer-based intervention' som vertyg för att utveckla översättning som utbildningsmoment

  • 41.
    Deutschmann, Mats
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Lundmark, Carita
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Let’s Keep it Informal, Guys: A Study of the Effects of Teacher Communicative Strategies onStudent Activity and Collaborative Learning in Internet-basedEnglish Courses2008In: Tidskrift för lärarutbildning och forskning, ISSN 1404-7659, Vol. 15, no 2, p. 36-58Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The paper explores the quantity and quality of communication produced by teachers in Internet courses of academic English, particularly during the initial stages of course activity. The courses are entirely conducted in virtual learning environments without physical meetings, and are part of the Bachelor programme (A–C level) of English at Mid Sweden University. The pedagogic design of the courses is based on collaborative learning, which presupposes a communicative environment with positive interdependence and interaction, where knowledge is shared by students questioning and challenging each other. Consequently, the teacher’s role in setting communicative norms which encourage an environment of high acceptance, where students feel that they can express their opinions freely, is of utmost importance. The results suggest that there are two important factors that affect student activity in the initial stages of an online course: how much the teacher communicates with the class and the manner in which he or she does so.

  • 42.
    Deutschmann, Mats
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Panichi, Luisa
    Molka-Danielsen, Judith
    Designing oral participation in second life – a comparative study of two language proficiency courses2009In: ReCALL, ISSN 0958-3440, E-ISSN 1474-0109, Vol. 21, no 2, p. 206-226Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The following paper presents two stages of an action research project involving two oral proficiency courses held in the virtual world Second Life. Course 1 was conducted during the Autumn of 2007. Based on the experiences of this course, we redesigned many aspects of it in order to improve student activity in terms of oral participation and gave the course again in Spring 2008. By analysing the recordings of four 90-minute sessions, two from each course, we were able to measure student participation based on floor space, turn lengths and turn-taking patterns, and in the study we discuss how different changes in design may have contributed to more favourable outcomes. Results seem to indicate that meaning focussed task design, which involves authenticity and collaborative elements, has a direct impact on learner participation and engagement. Furthermore, our results seem to suggest that technical and social initiations into a complex environment such as SL are important factors that have to be worked into the course design.

     

     

  • 43.
    Dorsett, Anette
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
    Motivationens betydelse för främmandespråksinlärning2009Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Idag är engelskan en del av ungdomars globala identitet. En fundamental förutsättning för att ha tillgång till det sociala och kulturella världsspråket, samt att kunna kommunicera via modern teknologi på global nivå, är att behärska det engelska språket som utgör nyckeln till den globala arenan. Vissa elever tycks ändå sakna tillräcklig motivation för att nå framgång i sina språkstudier. Syftet med denna studie var att undersöka huruvida det finns ett samband mellan motivation och resultat, d.v.s. betygen. Studien kan betecknas som en kvantitativ fallstudie där en elevenkät utgör det kritiska mätinstrumentet. Informantundersökningen har utförts på trettio elever i gymnasiets B-kurs i engelska där den uppmätta graden av motivation har relaterats till deras resultat i ämnet. Enkäten bygger på tidigare etablerad empirisk forskning på området av bl.a. R.Gardner. Studien bekräftar att det finns ett samband mellan motivation och studieresultat där de elever som har de högsta betygen också har den högsta motivationen.

  • 44.
    Edholm, Cecilia
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities.
    Lärares återkoppling på elevtexter2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 45.
    Edlund, Ann-Catrine
    Umeå universitet, Institutionen för språkstudier.
    A Country Maid and her Diary: Methodological Reflections on Historical Literacy Practices2013In: White Field, Black Seeds: Nordic Literacy Practices in the Long Nineteenth Century / [ed] Anna Kuismin & M. J. Driscoll, Helsingfors: Finnish Literature Society , 2013, p. 89-100Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 46.
    Edlund, Ann-Catrine
    Umeå universitet, Institutionen för språkstudier.
    Att läsa och att skriva: Två vågor av vardagligt skriftbruk i Norden 1800–20002012Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Skriftteknologi har funnits i mänsklighetens tjänst i mer än 5000 år. I Norden är det först under de senaste tvåhundra åren som teknologin blivit tillgänglig för en bredare allmänhet.

    Under perioden 1800–2000 svepte två vågor av skriftbruk in över den industrialiserade delen av världen: en första våg som förde med sig alfabetisering, en andra med digitalisering. Vågorna har bland annat inneburit att skrift tagit allt större plats i människors vardagsliv, det man kallar vardagligt skriftbruk.

    I bokens tolv artiklar ges en tvärvetenskaplig belysning av vardagens läsande och skrivande. Författarna kommer från många olika ämnen: här medverkar historiker, bokhistoriker, didaktiker, etnologer, språkvetare och litteraturvetare. Artiklarna behandlar exempelvis vardagligt skriftbruk i 1800-talets skillingtryck, dagböcker och brev, 1900-talets vykort och allsångshäften – och vardagligt skriftbruk hos skolelever idag och dess konsekvenser för skrivundervisning i skolan. De flesta artiklarna är skrivna ur ett svenskt perspektiv, men placeras in i ett literacy-historiskt nordiskt sammanhang. En artikel behandlar också vardagligt skriftbruk på Island under 1800-talet.

    Antologin är ett resultat av den tvärvetenskapliga och nordiska samverkan som ägt rum inom nätverket ”Vardagligt skriftbruk. Diakrona perspektiv på literacy i Sverige och övriga Norden” och som åren 2009–2012 finansierats av Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

  • 47.
    Edlund, Ann-Catrine
    Umeå universitet, Institutionen för språkstudier.
    Att skriva vykort: En vardaglig skriftpraktik i början av 1900-talet2012In: Att läsa och att skriva: Två vågor av vardagligt skriftbruk i Norden 1800–2000 / [ed] Ann-Catrine Edlund, Umeå: Umeå universitet & Kungl. Skytteanska Samfundet , 2012, p. 137-160Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Writing Postcards. A Vernacular Writing Practice from the Early 20th Century

    Several new writing practices have developed in the traces of the digital revolution, e.g. blogs, texting, email and Facebook. Around the turn of the 2oth century, the result of something that can be described as a revolution in technology of writing could also be seen. By then, ordinary people had gained access to the writing technology and they were using more and more writing in their everyday life. Old and new writing practices developed in connection with artefacts such as letters, diaries, songbooks and postcards.  The postcard was introduced as a new medium for communication in Europe, for short and quick messages. The postcard has a lot in common with today’s growing digital writing practices, such as texting, with regard to the length of the message, new writing conventions and the fast spreading of the writing practice. The postcard was also multimodal with both pictures and text, and the limited writing space led to new and simplified writing conventions. The new media and its writing practices very soon became a huge success among the general public. In this article, the growth of the writing practice of the postcard is presented and placed in a literacy-theoretical context with the help of the concepts of vernacular literacy and vernacular literacy practice. The writing practice of the postcard has not yet been investigated in a Swedish literacy context. The article points towards possible issues that can be further investigated from a literacy perspective.

  • 48.
    Edlund, Ann-Catrine
    Umeå universitet, Institutionen för språkstudier.
    Då säljakt bedrevs: En tillbakablick på 1900-talets säljakt via jägarnas ord för säl2001In: Sälen - problem och resurs: Konferens den 3-4 april i Umeå, Stockholm: Kungl. Skogs- och Lantbruksakademien , 2001, p. 59-65Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 49.
    Edlund, Ann-Catrine
    Umeå universitet, Institutionen för språkstudier.
    Ekosemantik: Ett ekologiskt perspektiv på kategorisering av sälar2000In: Studier i svensk språkhistoria 5: Förhandlingar vid femte sammankomsten för svenska språkets historia. Umeå 20-22 november 1997., Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2000, p. 151-162Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 50.
    Edlund, Ann-Catrine
    Umeå universitet, Institutionen för språkstudier.
    En säljägare från Obbola berättar2006In: Obbola krönika, ISSN 1404-1766, p. 37-41Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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