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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 , 405 30 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

(In)formal Language Learning and Extramural English
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Plenarföreläsning, BAAL/CUP Seminar (In)formal Second Language Learning. University of Oxford, England. 23-24 augusti 2018., Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

L2/FL English Teaching and the Challenge of the YouTube generation
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Exploring Language Education, ELE, Stockholm 18-20 juni, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

“Special couriers have been dispatched to retrieve your brains”#11; – #11;about a young boy’s L2 English encounters
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
CALICO annual conference, Urbana-Champaign, Il, USA, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

Are CLIL students at an advantage in the transition between secondary and tertiary education?
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education. 5th ICLHE Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. Invited speech., Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

CLIL in Europe: Implementations and results
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
4th New Trends in Education Conference, Istanbul, Turkiet. Keynote speech., Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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2018

(In)formal Language Learning and Extramural English
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Plenarföreläsning, BAAL/CUP Seminar (In)formal Second Language Learning. University of Oxford, England. 23-24 augusti 2018., Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

L2/FL English Teaching and the Challenge of the YouTube generation
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Exploring Language Education, ELE, Stockholm 18-20 juni, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

“Special couriers have been dispatched to retrieve your brains”#11; – #11;about a young boy’s L2 English encounters
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
CALICO annual conference, Urbana-Champaign, Il, USA, Conference contribution 2018
Conference contribution

2017

Are CLIL students at an advantage in the transition between secondary and tertiary education?
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education. 5th ICLHE Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark. Invited speech., Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

CLIL in Europe: Implementations and results
Liss Kerstin Sylvén
4th New Trends in Education Conference, Istanbul, Turkiet. Keynote speech., Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Showing 1 - 10 of 95

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