Hans Malmström

Hans Malmström
Chalmers University of Technology · Department of Communication and Learning in Science

BA, PhD

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January 2011 - September 2016
Chalmers University of Technology
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  • Professor (Associate)
January 2011 - September 2016
Chalmers University of Technology
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  • Reader/Associate Professor
September 2008 - December 2010
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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  • Lecturer

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Publications (61)
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This study is concerned with communication in religious settings, with a specific focus on the professional practice of preaching. The paper addresses concerns raised within preaching research that preaching in mainline denominations is too academic and/ or draws too heavily on theological jargon; however, little empirical evidence for this has bee...
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Academic vocabulary is generally regarded as indispensable for academic literacy, e.g., for reading and understanding academic texts. Assessment of academic vocabulary knowledge can be relevant in a range of educational contexts. The aim of this study was to validate a multiple choice test of receptive Swedish academic vocabulary. A Swedish academi...
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How do engineering physics students come to understand and share their physics learnings as a result of careful integration of oral communication with engineering skills like computer aided design and 3D-printing technology? Based in a sociocognitive theory of situated communication pedagogy, the action research conducted in this study set out to a...
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https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1YsC-5FQORU8cM Despite the central role of vocabulary in language learning, and the increasing interest in academic vocabulary, materials for testing academic vocabulary are not common. This paper reports on the development of a new test of academic vocabulary. Test items were based on a relatively recently developed...
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Routledge Studies in English-Medium Instruction brings together research demonstrating the impact of work from applied and educational linguistics on the phenomenon of EMI.
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This paper reports observations and reflections from a pedagogic intervention intended to enhance mathematics students’ learning of course content in a course in multivariable calculus. The intervention design required students to structure, practice, and deliver an oral presentation constituting a synthesis of the teacher’s weekly lectures, for th...
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[This is a pre-print version of the paper which has been accepted for publication in International Journal of Practical Theology (due 2018). Please contact Hans Malmstrom at mahans@chalmers.se before citing]. This paper explores preachers' deployment of Appraisal (affect, judgement, appreciation, and dialogic engagement) in preaching on interrelig...
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With the objective of determining what academic vocabulary students use productively, and exploring the relationship between receptive and productive academic vocabulary, this paper continues the dialog on what constitutes academic vocabulary. By adopting a set of principled criteria (ratio, dispersion, discipline specificity and range) and by appr...
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This paper explores the overlapping space between an internal conception of interreligious dialogue and models of conversational preaching and homiletical theology which embrace mutual critical-correlational theological method. At the heart of the paper is a close reading of a sermon focusing on John 5:31–47—preaching much influenced by interreligi...
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[This is a pre-print version of the paper which has been accepted for publication in PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies) (due 2018). The paper was co-authored with Dennis Eriksson. Please contact Hans Malmstrom at mahans@chalmers.se before citing]. This paper reports observations and reflections from a ped...
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[This is a pre-print version of the paper which has been accepted for publication in English for Specific Purposes (due 2018). Follow this link to access the published version: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1WDdj3AFoiHdNd The paper was co-authored with Diane Pecorari (City University Hong Kong) and Philip Shaw (Stockholm University). Please cont...
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In some academic settings where English is not the first language it is nonetheless common for reading to be assigned in English, and the expectation is often that students will acquire subject terminology incidentally in the first language as well as in English as a result of listening and reading. It is then a prerequisite that students notice an...
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TESOL Quarterly announces a call for abstracts for the 2018 special-topic issue on TESOL and English Medium Instruction (EMI). This issue of TESOL Quarterly will explore how TESOL research, and the work of TESOL practitioners, can inform the growing phenomenon of EMI. Specific topics include (but are not limited to): • language-learning outcomes in...
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A significant direction of work in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) has been to identify a core academic vocabulary. Such lists have both research and pedagogical utility. The most recent generation of academic word lists are the product of corpus investigations. The corpora used are generally composed of published academic writing, such as rese...
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This paper explores preaching on interreligious themes. The claim is made that the way preachers deploy evaluative language in such sermons is directly consistent with their interreligious positioning. A discourse analysis adopting Appraisal Theory is applied in a case study of two sermons representing diametrically opposed theological responses to...
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It is increasingly common for language- and content-learning objectives to exist within the same classroom. This happens in the form of content- and language-integrated learning (CLIL) settings (Coyle 2007), in which the language-learning outcomes are explicit and planned for; while in other settings, language learning is a desired outcome, but exp...
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Vocabulary plays a key role in language proficiency, and as a result, academic vocabulary has long been a focus of attention by both researchers and teachers concerned with the development of students’ academic literacy skills. Within English for Academic Purposes, this has in part involved the compilation of academic vocabulary lists, such as Coxh...
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Presentation at the Research Fellows’ Gathering at Harvard Divinity School, Center for the Study of World Religions
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Vocabulary plays a key role in language proficiency, and as a result, academic vocabulary has long been a focus of attention by both researchers and teachers concerned with the development of students' academic literacy skills. Within English for Academic Purposes, this has in part involved the compilation of academic vocabulary lists, such as Coxh...
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Because vocabulary is key in comprehending and learning a second language, an important focus of research and teaching practice in English for Academic Purposes has been cataloguing the vocabulary needed by second-language users of English in academic settings. These efforts have been based on corpus investigations of published academic writing, i....
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In settings in which English is used as a medium of instruction (EMI) in parallel with another language, a common expectation is that students will acquire subject terminology incidentally in the L1 as well as in English as a result of listening and reading. It is then a prerequisite that students notice and engage with terminology in both language...
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This paper is centered in the space of English Medium of Instruction (EMI) and is primarily concerned with advanced students’ productive knowledge of English academic vocabulary, widely regarded as a crucial dimension of successful academic communication. The study problematizes the claim that EMI is beneficial for students’ development of academic...
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In many European universities, English is today used as a medium of instruction. One of the reasons is that it is believed that using English as a medium of instruction (EMI) can develop students’ subject-specific knowledge of English. This knowledge is seen as an asset in the workplace and often presented as providing a competitive advantage suppo...
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In many university contexts around the world, students’ mastery of English academic vocabulary is considered necessary if they are to be properly socialized into academic discourse, and therefore succeed in their academic endeavors. This study is part of the PROFiLE-project (a project concerned with English Medium Instruction and the development of...
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International students may be used to textbooks in English with other activities in another language. Lecturers may accommodate to potential reading difficulties, not necessarily replicated in UK HE. A corpus of 15 Swedish-language lectures shows that awareness-raising is a persistent feature, but the main adaptation is a fairly univocal approach...
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In the globalised university environment, many university students are expected to learn subject-specific terminology in both the local language and the L2 (English) by learning from two media in two different languages: lectures in the local language and reading in L2 English. These students' bilingual learning is greatly affected by the learning...
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This study investigates hedging (standardly assumed to express uncertainty, plausible reasoning and the like) in contemporary sermonic discourse as represented by sermon manuscripts from three Christian denominations in the UK. The article addresses three research questions: (i) To what extent is preaching employed as a discursive resource during p...
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This article uses computer-assisted analysis to study the listening environment provided by Bible readings and preaching during church services. It focuses on the vocabulary size needed to comprehend 95% and 98% of the running words of the input (lexical coverage levels indicating comprehension in connection with listening) and on the place of infr...
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Most forms of contemporary preaching elevate the role of the listeners, who are seen as co-constructors of the sermon. This article investigates how preachers may respond to a call from homiletics to ‘turn-to-the-listener’ through their deployment of metadiscourse, operationalized as a framework for understanding preaching not primarily as gospel p...
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Hur stort ordförråd måste en kyrkobesökare ha för att kunna förstå två centrala delar i ordets gudstjänst, bibelläsningarna och predikan? Hans Malmström inleder sitt föredrag med att besvara denna fråga, men hävdar samtidigt att svaren är bekymrande eftersom orden i kyrkan kan betraktas som fundament i ett viktigt relationsskapande och eftersom kyr...
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Presentation at Humanistdagarna i Lund, 2013
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[Of butterflies and birds, of dialects and genres: Essays in honour of Philip Shaw, s. 123-140] This study investigates the development of productive knowledge of English academic vocabulary in the writing of MSc students from different engineering discipline areas at a technical university in Sweden. The purpose is to estab- lish (i) the extent to...
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This paper reports the findings of a study of undergraduate student use of, and attitudes toward, textbooks and other assigned reading. More than 1200 students of various subjects at three Swedish universities were surveyed. Most students said reading played an important role in learning generally and attributed positive characteristics to their te...
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In a parallel-language environment the use of textbooks in English in courses otherwise in the local language is naturalized and not widely discussed or questioned. The aim of this study was to elicit the attitudes and syllabus infrastructure that underlie the practice. A large-scale survey was carried out and answers were obtained from over 20% of...
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Tertiary education in many countries is increasingly bilingual, with English used in parallel with the national language, particularly as a reading language. This article describes the results of a survey of student attitudes toward, and reading practices regarding, English language textbooks. Over 1,000 students at three Swedish universities respo...
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This paper focuses on the integrated learning of communication and communication skills within engineering education, and on the respective roles of the communication expert and the subject expert in courses and throughout the curriculum. Approaches to the function of communication in an overall engineering curriculum and to the learning activities...
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In a parallel language environment it is important that teaching takes account of both the languages students are expected to work in. Lectures in the mother tongue need to offer access to textbooks in English and encouragement to read. This paper describes a preliminary study for an investigation of the extent to which they actually do so. A corpu...
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In academic communication, the notion of accountability is central, because academic discourse essentially involves the communication of knowledge – knowledge for which someone must assume accountability. This paper considers the use of knowledge-stating verbs in knowledge statements. It investigates the accountability contexts (High accountability...

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This project aims at developing diagnostic resource materials regarding the construct Swedish academic vocabulary for general purposes. Drawing on an existing Swedish written academic word list (ESAO; Ribeck et al., 2014) and frequency-based vocabulary tests, the study intends to identify and validate a new Swedish Academic Vocabulary Test for measuring written receptive Swedish academic word knowledge. Furthermore, by building up a corpus of spoken academic Swedish, the study intends to develop a Swedish spoken academic word list with the aim to create diagnostic tools (e.g., vocabulary test, learner-autonomy materials). The targeted population is students preparing for university in Swedish-medium of instruction settings or students struggling with basic academic Swedish language.
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The goal is to link scores on two academic vocabulary tests targeting a mutual overarching domain/construct (theoretically argued) but with different lengths. With a single-group design, i.e., a common-person model, the scores on the two tests may be equated/linked/calibrated. The shorter test is an older instrument and the longer test is a newer instrument, but both tests have been developed with similar principles and share the same test format. It is argued that the newer test may be more appropriate in our context of Nordic independent users of English with much exposure to English, however, the older test is historically well-used and the research field may therefore need a model for comparing results across populations and over time.
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Routledge Studies in English-Medium Instruction brings together research demonstrating the impact of work from applied and educational linguistics on the phenomenon of EMI. While maintaining a focus on EMI, rather than other forms of content and language integration more broadly, the series looks at EMI from a broad perspective. The series showcases research on a range of topics closely related to EMI such as assessment, delivery of instruction, translanguaging, vocabulary, language policy, support for instructors, the transition from CLIL to EMI and the development of L1 academic literacy. The series acts as a focal point for the growing body of research on EMI and will be of particular interest to students and scholars in applied linguistics, TESOL, TEFL, higher education pedagogy, and language education.