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My main research is in the field of applied French linguistics with a particular focus on language learning.

Current research project

Motivation in Modern Languages

Foreign language learning demands extensive personal investment over long periods. While research into foreign language learning has demonstrated the importance of motivation, and the importance of teachers, it is not currently clear if and how motivation can be generated through teaching.
As a school subject, Modern Languages faces many challenges, the situation being described as a ‘language crisis’. Teachers have consistently reported how they experience modern languages as having a low status, and that it is hard to generate motivation in classroom activities.
Against this background, and in a collaborative researcher–teacher undertaking, the project will investigate the possibilities to create, enhance and maintain motivation to learn French, German and Spanish in upper secondary school. Working at two upper
secondary schools, focusing on three languages, drawing on theoretical principals, and paying close attention to contextual factors, the aim is (i) to co-design, carry out, and evaluate six coordinated and methodologically rigorous interventions, and (ii) based on the results, to develop materials that can be used in other schools and at other educational levels to generate and enhance students’ motivation. Participating schools have been selected based on possibilities to work with a randomized control design.

Findings will address the question of the extent to which research-based teaching practice can create, enhance and maintain motivation for foreign language learning

The LANG-TRACK-APP (2019-2022)

(Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs minnesfond)

All language learning involves exposure to and use of the target language. However, current research cannot specify how much or what kind of target language exposure and use is needed for successful learning.

A significant challenge is to be able to measure exposure to and usage of languages in everyday situations in a reliable way. Outside the classroom, a language learner encounters the target language in a number of different social contexts of different character and length. Examining when, with whom, and how often social activities give rise to contact with the target language is very challenging.

In this project, we are therefore working with a new method for the area to study the relationship between language exposure, use and learning in learners in two very different situations. We have developed a smartphone app called THE LANG-TRACK APP. The inspiration comes from developments in, for example, health studies where smartphone apps are used to follow patients over time. The participants in our project will receive regular notices where they are asked to report their contact with the target language in recent times.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment of Second Foreign Languages – an Alignment Study on Oral Language Proficiency in the Swedish School Context (The Swedish Research Council 2016-2018)

The purpose of this project is examine interactions and alignment between learning, teaching and assessment of second foreign languages (SFL) in order to gain a better understanding of conditions and learning outcomes in foreign languages other than English in the Swedish school context. The focus is on Spanish, French and German in the 9th grade of secondary school and on an essential but under-researched aspect of SFL competence, namely oral language proficiency (OLP).

The project is motivated by the fact that SFLs are currently in a challenging situation in the Swedish school context. One third of pupils abandon the subject within the first three years of studying. SFLs are therefore at the centre of a political debate focusing on its future status in school. A major drawback in this debate is, however, the lack of empirical underpinnings. We know very little about current learning conditions and outcomes, which has been pointed out by the 2014 survey report commissioned by the Committee for Educational Sciences (Ämnesöversikt 2014: Utbildningsvetenskap). The authors of this report call for educational research in many school subjects, but especially for research into the teaching and learning of FLs other than English, where classroom oriented research and research on younger language learners are mainly lacking (p.14). The project is framed within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (Council of Europe, 2001).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

UKÄ subject classification

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Specific Languages
  • Educational Sciences

Free keywords

  • French
  • Language acquisition
  • Linguistics
  • language policy


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