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The Impact of Interpretation: A Qualitative Study About Five Swedish EFL Teachers’ Approach to the Aim “the ability to discuss and reflect on living conditions, social issues and cultural features in different contexts and parts of the world where English is used”
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication.
2021 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim with this essay is to study how Swedish EFL teachers in upper secondary school approach the aim “the ability to discuss and reflect on living conditions, social issues and cultural features in different contexts and parts of the world where English is used” (Skolverket, 2011, p. 2) in order to discuss the function of the syllabus in the EFL classroom. This aim was achieved through qualitative interviews with five Swedish EFL teachers. These interviews were semi-structured and followed an interview guide. The findings were analysed according to the nano, micro, and macrolevels in curriculum theory. The study showed differences in the teachers’ approach to the aim. The reason to these differences can be seen in the participants’ different interpretations of specific terms within the aim which led to them including different topics when teaching the aim. The interpretation of the aim therefore plays a major role when the teachers decide on what social issues, living conditions, cultural features, contexts and parts of the world to include but does not influence their choice of teaching and learning methods and material to the same extent. The conclusion drawn from this result is that the syllabus does not function as a permanent record but instead functions as general guidelines on the macro level of syllabi control. Teachers therefore have professional freedom when teaching the aim which brings implications for their teaching such as differences in the interviewed teachers’ selection of topics and parts of the world that the pupils in their EFL classes are exposed to. This essay’s topic, aim interpretation, is a relevant future topic for studies concerning equivalence in EFL teaching and learning in Sweden.

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2021. , p. 20
Keywords [en]
Aim interpretation, cultural features, living conditions, social issues, English as a foreign language, culture in the EFL subject, curriculum theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-56133ISRN: JU-HLK-ENA-1-20220063OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-56133DiVA, id: diva2:1648720
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Available from: 2022-04-01 Created: 2022-03-31 Last updated: 2022-04-01Bibliographically approved

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