Andreas Bengtssons slutseminarium för doktorsavhandling

Seminarium

Datum:

torsdag 9 december 2021

Tid:

13.00 – 15.00

Plats:

Zoom

Andreas Bengtsson, doktorand i Asiens språk och kulturer, presenterar sin doktorsavhandling.

Preliminär titel på avhandlingen: “The effects of extramural Ln: A longitudinal investigation of the relationship between engagement in Japanese language activities and general Japanese language proficiency"

Opponent:
Dr. Henrik Gyllstad, lektor vid Språk- och litteraturcentrum, Lunds universitet.

Handledare:
Dr. Gunnar Linder, lektor vid Institutionen för Asien-, Mellanöstern- och Turkietstudier, Stockholms universitet.
Dr. Pia Sundqvist, lektor vid Institutionen för språkdidaktik, Oslo universitet.
Dr. Mitsuyo Lidén, lektor vid Institutionen för Asien-, Mellanöstern- och Turkietstudier, Stockholms universitet.

Kontakta studierektor.ufn.asien@su.se för att få tillgång till hela avhandlingen.

Datum: 9 december, 13-15 (CET)
Venue: Zoom (ingen föranmälan krävs)
Språk: Engelska
 
Zoom ID: 621 6507 5982
https://stockholmuniversity.zoom.us/j/62165075982

Sammanfattning (Eng):

Many L2 learners believe they learn their target language through engaging in it extramurally, outside of the classroom. This topic, language learning as a result from engagement in L2 use has garnered increasing attention in the last decade. However, there is still a distinct lack of research, and the majority of studies have so far only looked at snapshots of single groups of learners of English, with roughly similar proficiency.
This study investigates the relationship between extramural Japanese and general Japanese language proficiency among adult learners studying at university in Sweden. It does so both cross sectionally, using five different levels of proficiency to investigate the moderating impact of proficiency at a macro level, and longitudinally, in order to move beyond correlations and provide empirical data on causal direction. In total, data was gathered from 168 individuals, a number of whom participated in the study at different levels, during a period of two and a half years.
Results show that the participants engaged in extramural Japanese for considerable amounts of time every week. Some forms of Japanese language use related to general Japanese language proficiency, whereas others did not. These relationships were largely positive, even though negative and mixed relationships also occurred. Proficiency level was a moderating factor, and different forms of language use had varying relationships with general Japanese language proficiency depending on participants’ levels. Results of this study also indicate that language use had causal effects on proficiency, rather than the other way around, and this is among the first studies to show this empirically.
Overall, the study makes significant contributions to our understanding of the connection between language use and proficiency, which have implications on the generalisability of results to other languages. Furthermore, it provides an innovative research framework for investigating language use which should be robust and valid for any target language.