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Study: They provide better English language skills

- the Time has more to say for the vocabulary than what kind of game he is playing. The interpretation is that one uses time on something, then you become bette

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Study: They provide better English language skills

- the Time has more to say for the vocabulary than what kind of game he is playing. The interpretation is that one uses time on something, then you become better at it, " says Pia Sundqvist, senior lecturer in English at the University of Oslo and the University of Karlstad.

She stands behind a study that was recently published in the scientific journal Language Learning & Technology which includes the approximately 1.000 Swedish niendeklassinger.

Students got two gloseprøver in English, and they also had to answer questions about how they use English outside school time and what dataspillvaner they had.

Proficient with difficult words

the Results show that those who played a lot, had a larger English vocabulary and was able to understand difficult words than peers who do not play computer games.

In addition, it was so that the more difficult the words were, the greater was the difference in the ordkunnskap to the players ' advantage. Ordkunnskapen extended therefore beyond the typical spilltermer.

- A common misconception is to believe that gamers only learn a specific game term. But it is not so. They learn more or less regular words and generally has a greater ability when it comes to ordkunnskap and ordforståelse, " says Pia Sundqvist.

Series and movies

In the study was also a smaller number of niendeklassinger as Sundqvist collected tasks from which the use of sophisticated words was analyzed. Also here did the dataspillende students better than those who don't play or play rarely.

But also some of them that are not played, was very good. It was, however, only those who described themselves as large of English in his spare time.

- They look much on the English-language series and movies and used social media in English, for example, says Sundqvist.

Switching on without any problem

Both computer games and watching a lot of movies and serials implies an informal way to learn English outside of school, that you get the English, "purchase", explains linguist.

- These young people have a very natural way to relate to English, it is quite uncomplicated. They do not see themselves as that they learn English, they just use it. The switch without a problem and do not see it as anything strange at all, says Sundqvist.

But extensive computer gaming and skjermtitting has so clearly also its drawbacks.

we know all. No one seems that young people want to sit day in and day out, and just play the game or stare at a screen. There are also those who become addicted, and then it is of course problematic, " says the researcher.

- But the English vocabulary is that good. the

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