Digital gaming as an extramural English activity. A study regarding gaming habits and the impact of playing digital games in English on Swedish third graders’ English vocabulary

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Publication Student essay 15hp
Title Digital gaming as an extramural English activity. A study regarding gaming habits and the impact of playing digital games in English on Swedish third graders’ English vocabulary
Author Bogdanova, Anastasia
Date 2019
English abstract
Any activities where English can be encountered in outside of school, have been labeled by Sundqvist (2009) as “extramural English activities”. One of these activities is playing games (both digital and board games), which in accordance to the research by Sundqvist (2009) and Sundqvist and Sylvén (2012) has a great impact on the learner’s English proficiency. In accordance to these prior findings, the focus of this degree project is on the gaming habits of year three students in Swedish elementary school. After presenting a theoretical background and key elements from earlier research, I examine to what extend the students play digital games, what type of games are played and most importantly; do students in year three play digital games in English? Further on, I investigate the student’s vocabulary proficiency and connect the two parts of my research together, searching for correlations between time spent gaming and vocabulary depth. This degree project also includes a gender aspect and compares gaming habits and vocabulary proficiency of girls and boys, along with interviews with four teachers and their perception on students’ participation in extramural activities and English motivation.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Lärande och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject Extramural English
foreign language learning
vocabulary development
gaming habits
gender differences in gaming
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