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The project BYLEC – a corpus of young learners’ written production in English
Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Språkvetenskapliga fakulteten, Engelska institutionen.
2016 (Engelska)Konferensbidrag, Muntlig presentation med publicerat abstract (Refereegranskat)
Abstract [en]

Young learners’ acquisition of English as a foreign language is to a great extent characterized by a focus on the listening and speaking skills. Practising reading and writing thus occur later. (Cameron 2001: 155). Nevertheless, the need to write emerges early due to communication in blogs, tweets, and in chats in social media and computer games. At an early stage, children’s writing does not differ much from their speaking but, gradually and with great variation and at the age of around 10, their writing differs from their speech. Writing develops their language and this can be identified with linguistic traits such as relative clauses and noun phrase complexity (Pinter 2011: 46). The tendency that children are exposed to more informal spoken English than formal written texts faces teachers of English with the challenge of also developing the language children do not learn outside school (Lundahl 2014: 178). This current situation gives reasons for more research on young learners’ written production in English.

At Uppsala University, the collection of written production by 12 year-olds in five countries is in progress. The aim is to create an international corpus called BYLEC (Baltic Young Learners of English Corpus) with Swedish, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Russian children’s production in six different texts and with the profiles of some 500 participating children with different mother tongues. An overview can now be provided of the procedures when collecting the data, the potential of the corpus and the future plans with the six cooperating universities in BYLEC.

Ort, förlag, år, upplaga, sidor
2016.
Nyckelord [en]
young learners, English as a foreign language, corpus, written production, Sweden, Estonia, Lativa. Lithuania, Russia
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Studier av enskilda språk Jämförande språkvetenskap och allmän lingvistik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-357157OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-357157DiVA, id: diva2:1238321
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Child Foreign Language Learning – Between Theory and Practice (CFLL) Institute of Modern Languages, Department of English Studies, Pedagogical University,26-28 september, 2016, Cracow, Poland
Tillgänglig från: 2018-08-13 Skapad: 2018-08-13 Senast uppdaterad: 2019-01-09Bibliografiskt granskad

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