Pia Sundqvist

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Visiting address Moltke Moes vei 35 Niels Henrik Abels hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1099 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Research interests

My research is rooted in Applied English Linguistics. My field of research is ‘English didactics’ (English language education), in particular informal learning of English through Extramural English, that is, English outside of school. I coined the term Extramural English in my dissertation and since then it is has become frequently used in the field. I have conducted several studies on the relation between Extramural English and various aspects of English proficiency, not least vocabulary. Over the years, I have gained expertise in gaming, and in particular in the relation between playing commerical-off-the-shelf games and English language learning, with a focus on young and adolescent learners. My other areas of research include the assessment of L2 oral proficiency and English Language Teaching (ELT), especially in multilingual classrooms. Most of my studies are quantitative, but over the years I have added qualitative methods to my toolbox so nowadays my studies tend to be mixed.

Dissertation in English linguistics (2009): Extramural English Matters: Out-of-School English and Its Impact on Swedish Ninth Graders' Oral Proficiency and Vocabulary

Book: Sundqvist, P., & Sylvén, L. K. (2016): Extramural English in Teaching and Learning: From Theory and Research to Practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book: Henry, A., Sundqvist, P., & Thorsen, C. (2019): Motivational Practice: Insights from the Classroom. Lund: Studentlitteratur

Edited book: Ljung Egeland, B., Roberts, T., Sandlund, E., & Sundqvist, P. (Eds.) (2019). Klassrumsforskning och språk(ande): Rapport från ASLA-symposiet i Karlstad, 12–13 april, 2018. [Classroom research and language/languaging: Report from the ASLA symposium in Karlstad, 12–13 April, 2018.] ASLA:s skriftserie 27. Karlstad: Karlstad University Press.

What's happening?

Plenary talks 2021

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY ROUNDTABLE (GURT) 2021 Theme: Online Language Learning and Teaching. 5 March plenary: "Online gaming and game-changing: From learning to teaching"

NATIONAL FORUM FOR ENGLISH STUDIES 2021 Theme: Rethinking English Studies. 22 April plenary: "English Only or English Mainly? Reconsidering Language Use and Teaching Practices after Intervening in Multilingual L2 English Classrooms"

Guest editor

Special Issue, LANGUAGES, "Language Practices in English Classrooms - from Primary School to Higher Education" (Sundqvist, Sandlund, Källkvist, & Gyllstad). Abstract deadline: 1 June, 2021.


I am a qualified teacher from Sweden with 15 years of experience from teaching junior and senior high school. I went back to the university and started my academic career in 2005. At the Department of Teacher Education and School Research at UiO, I mainly teach various English didactics courses in the masters’ program and the one-year program (PPU). Every now and then, I also teach various PhD courses offered by the department. Rough overview of teaching:

  • 2005-present: Courses in English linguistics, English teaching methodology, and English didactics at BA and MA levels (regular programs and teacher-training programs), Karlstad University (2005-2018) and University of Oslo (2018-).
  • 2010-present: Courses in Second Language Acquisition, Advanced Academic Writing, Quantitative methodology, and English didactics at MA and PhD levels (regular programs and teacher-training programs), Karlstad University (2010-2018) and University of Oslo (2018-).
  • 2014-present: Occasional guest lectures on informal language learning and Extramural English (regular programs and teacher-training programs) at different European universities.


Professional experience

  • Associate professor, English didactics: August 2018--, University of Oslo
  • Associate professor, English linguistics: September 2014--, Karlstad University
  • Senior lecturer, English linguistics : January 2010-August 2014, Karlstad University
  • Doctoral candidate: January 2005-December 2009, Karlstad University
  • Teacher (English, Swedish, Spanish, History): July 1989-December 2004: Various secondary and upper secondary schools in Sweden

Publications [under construction]


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  • Sundqvist, Pia (2020). Extramural English research: Definition, findings, and implications. Communicare - et fagdidaktisk tidsskrift fra Fremmedspråksenteret.  ISSN 1893-1499.  9, s 17- 21
  • Ahmadian, Shilan; Brevik, Lisbeth M. & Sundqvist, Pia (2019). Jentene bruker engelsk til å snakke om fag - guttene bruker engelsk til alt mulig. Bedre Skole.  ISSN 0802-183X.  (3), s 82- 87
  • Faltas, Marcella; Latuny, Yaël; Sundqvist, Pia & Wikström, Peter (2019). Improving second language vocabulary through gaming. OASIS Summary of Sundqvist, P. & Wikström, P. (2015) in System.
  • Sundqvist, Pia (2019, 04. februar). Nyheter från Vetenskapsradion. [Radio].  Sveriges Radio.
  • Sundqvist, Pia (2019, 03. februar). Tonåringars engelska bättre av mycket dataspel. [TV].  TV4.
  • Sundqvist, Pia; Brevik, Lisbeth M.; Sandlund, Erica & Rindal, Ulrikke Elisabeth (2019). Conference paper: A comparative study of language use in L2 English multilingual secondary school classrooms in Norway and Sweden. Show summary
  • O'Reilly, David; Sundqvist, Pia; Wikström, Peter; Sandlund, Erica & Nyroos, Lina (2018). The teacher as examiner of L2 oral tests: A challenge to standardization. OASIS Summary of Sundqvist et al. (2018) in Language Testing.
  • Sundqvist, Pia & Sylvén, Liss Kerstin (2018). Unveiling the force of learner-initiated informal language learning: Extramural learning. Language Magazine.  January, s 30- 31
  • Sylvén, Liss Kerstin & Sundqvist, Pia (2017). Editorial. Special issue: Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) in extracurricular/extramural contexts. CALICO journal.  ISSN 0742-7778.  34(1), s i- iv . doi: 10.1558/cj.31822
  • Sundqvist, Pia (2016, 27. januar). Ny studie: Dataspelande barn får större ordförråd - Nyhetsmorgon (TV4). [TV].  TV4.

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