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Liss Kerstin Sylvén

Professor

Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Professor
lisskerstin.sylven@ped.gu.se
+46 31 786 2388
0706-946263

Room number: A3 235
Postal Address: Box 300, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Västra Hamngatan 25 , 41117 Göteborg


Department of Education and Special Education (More Information)
Box 300
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 2070
Visiting Address: Västra Hamngatan 25 , 411 17 Göteborg

About Liss Kerstin Sylvén

Research interests

As a linguist, primarily focused on English, I am interested in second/foreign language learning. Above all, I have come to take an interest in Content and Language Integrated Learning, CLIL.

In my PhD thesis, I studied the development of English vocabulary among CLIL (one or several non-language subjects are taught through the medium of English) and non-CLIL  (all teaching is done in Swedish, and English is studied as a separate subject) students at high shool level. One of the findings was that students who have contacts with English also outside of school, regardless whether they were CLIL or non-CLIL students, were those whose vocabulary developed the most. This led to a follow-up study, where I investigated how much and what types of contact with English (and other languages) high school students have outside of school.This study has developed into a close collaboration with Dr Pia Sundqvist, Karlstad University, in which we study effects of extramural English, i.e. English encountered outside of the school environment, on proficiency in and learning of English.

Furthermore, I collaborate with Dr Amy S. Thompson, University of South Florida, whose main research interest concerns language learning motivation. Together with investigate various national contexts from the perspective of young people's and adolescents' views on language learning and what motivates them to study languages.

Since 2011 I am the project leader for the large-scale, longitudinal research project Content and Language Integration in Swedish Schools, CLISS (financed by the Swedish Research Council). CLISS is a four-year project primarily aimed at studying the relationship between the language of instruction and learning. We have followed students in CLIL and non-CLIL classes during their three years in high school. The focus of the project is specifically on students' proficiency in and development of written academic language in both English and Swedish. Several publications are available from the project - for further information, please see http://ips.gu.se/forskning/forskningsprojekt/cliss.

Educational interests

Presently, I am the main supervisor of Eva Olsson, whose PhD work is done within the framework of the CLISS project.

I was the supervisor of Helena Reierstam and Linda Borger (deputy supervisor), both enrolled in the research school FRAM. Both Helena and Linda have defended their licentiate theses.

I am the course leader for the course HPE301 "English as the medium of instruction in higher education", administered by the PIL unit.

Key words

CLIL; second/foreign language acquisition; motivation; individual differences; vocabulary learning; writing process.

Latest publications

Looking at language through a camera lens
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Visualising multilingual lives. More than words, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Epilogue
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Investigating Content and Language Integrated Learning. Insights from Swedish High Schools, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Extramural English
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Investigating Content and Language Integrated Learning. Insights from Swedish High Schools, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

English Reading Comprehension
Liss Kerstin Sylvén, Sölve Ohlander
Investigating Content and Language Integrated Learning. Insights from Swedish High Schools, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

English Productive Proficiency
Eva Olsson, Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Investigating Content and Language Integrated Learning. Insights from Swedish High Schools, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

English Receptive Vocabulary
Liss Kerstin Sylvén, Sölve Ohlander
Investigating Content and Language Integrated Learning. Insights from Swedish High Schools, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

CLIL and Motivation Revisited: A Longitudinal Perspective
Amy S. Thompson, Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Investigating Content and Language Integrated Learning. Insights from Swedish High Schools, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Assessment in CLIL
Helena Reierstam, Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Investigating Content and Language Integrated Learning. Insights from Swedish High Schools, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

CLIL, CLISS, and the Swedish Context. An Overview
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Investigating Content and Language Integrated Learning. Insights from Swedish High Schools, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

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2010

Young learners of English and the educational significance of extramural English activities
Liss Kerstin Sylvén, Pia Sundqvist
SEDLL 2010, Jaén, Spanien, Conference paper 2010
Conference paper

Teaching in English or English Teaching?
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Göteborg, Acta universitatis Gothoburgensis,, Book 2010
Book

2009

Content and Language Integration in Swedish Schools
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
AILA CLIL ReN Symposium, Miraflores, Spanien, Conference paper 2009
Conference paper

2008

Authentic material in the CLIL context
Liss Kerstin Sylvén, Erwin Gierlinger, Francisco Lorenzo
AILA 2008, Essen, Tyskland, Conference paper 2008
Conference paper

Authentic Material for CLIL Students: A Can of Worms or the Silver Bullet?
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
AILA 2008 The 15th World Congress of Applied Linguistics, Conference paper 2008
Conference paper

Authentic texts in a CLIL context - a can of worms or a silver bullet?
Liss Kerstin Sylvén, Gierlinger, Erwin, Francesco Lorenzo
AILA 15th World Congress, August 24-29 2008, Essen, Conference paper 2008
Conference paper

2007

Are the Simpsons Welcome in the CLIL Classroom?
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
VIEWS - Vienna English Working Papers, Journal article 2007
Journal article

Are the Simpsons welcome in the CLIL classroom?
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
VIEWS, Journal article 2007
Journal article

Review of teaching other subjects through English
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Moderna Språk, Book review 2007
Book review

Swedish CLIL Students' Extracurricular Contact with English and Its Relation to Classroom Activities
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
In D. Marsh & Wolff, D. (eds), Diverse Contexts - Converging Goals: CLIL in Europe, Frankfurt, Peter Lang, Chapter in book 2007
Chapter in book

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