CONSTRUCTING GENDER IN THE EFL CLASSROOM How Swedish Upper Secondary School Students Perform Gender in Oral Communication

University essay from Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för språk och litteraturer

Abstract: The aim of this study is to examine if, and in that case how, Swedish uppersecondary school students perform gender in power-related ways in oral communication in aforeign language in a classroom setting. The material used consists of transcriptions of audiorecordedsemi-authentic interaction between 25 young learners of English. The method ismainly based on quantitative analysis in which four specific variables are examined, butrelevant instances that illustrate gender-specific power-related patterns are analyzedqualitatively. The results of this study show the same tendencies as findings of previousresearch: the male students adapted a more dominant conversational style, whereas the femalestudents were generally more cooperative in their interactional style.

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