SEMLA - Learning, teaching and assessment of Swedish and English

The graduate school SEMLA offers PhD studies to language teacher educators in a four year research program. This PhD program started in 2018 and the students defenses are planned for year 2022.

In autumn 2018 a new PhD program for language educators was launched at Stockholm University:

Learning, teaching and assessment of Swedish and English. Multilingualism as an asset and a challenge

The purpose of this graduate school is to offer PhD studies to nine language teacher educators in a four year research program. The theme is language education in a multilingual school context, specifically regarding Swedish and English.

Learning, teaching and assessment are defined as fundamental components of language education and they correspond to the three strands of the research program. They will be investigated in all school ages by examining aspects of oracy and literacy in relation to contextual, individual and linguistic factors.

The PhD students are admitted to three different universities and are therefore following different study plans. They will defend their theses at the university where they are admitted and the defenses are planned for year 2022.


International network

The program is coordinated by Stockholm University in collaboration with the universities of Gothenburg and Umeå. The program involves internationally renowned researchers as well as scholars from the participating Swedish universities, who together constitute an important network for language education studies from the perspective of multilingualism.

Swedish and English are core subjects in the Swedish curriculum and used on a daily basis outside school by most young people in Sweden today, hence constituting majority languages in the Swedish context. There is, however, a noticeable presence of other languages spoken by smaller groups of people and that are not similarly acknowledged in policy and practice. The program therefore takes an interest not only in Swedish as L1/L2 and English as L2/Ln/FL, but it also considers the presence of national minority languages and languages spoken by immigrated minority populations in Sweden.

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