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dc.contributor.authorSabaté Dalmau, Maria
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-11T14:07:33Z
dc.date.available2019-12-11T14:07:33Z
dc.date.issued2016-03-23
dc.identifier.issn0790-8318
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10459.1/67707
dc.description.abstractThis paper investigates the attitudes towards Englishisation displayed by 30 students enrolled in a Combined Languages degree, including English and another language, in a top-ranked bilingual university in Catalonia, where Spanish and Catalan coexist complexly, and where foreign language medium instruction is relatively new. Through a two-year fieldwork project, I report on how the institution implemented this partial English-medium instruction program for the first time in Spain, following its internationalisation mission. I then focus on the students' perspectives towards the officialisation of English as the third language of the Catalan university system. Via a Domain and Emotion Coding analysis of 30 essay-writing assignments, I show that students mobilise a series of predominantly favourable discourses on Englishisation which conflictingly interplay with negative attitudes towards it. They envision English as a post-national 'democratising' lingua franca and as an asset for employability and educational excellence, but they also construct it as a politicised threat to linguistic diversity. These perspectives contribute to a nuanced understanding of the students' range of ambivalent stances concerning the established sociolinguistic orders of globalised universities in Barcelona and the neo-liberal linguistic regimes of the European Higher Education Area, which call for policies providing a more balanced ecology of languages.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis study was funded by two research grants awarded by the Catalan Department of Economy and Knowledge and by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The former was granted to the research group Applied Linguistics Circle (CLA) at the University of Lleida (reference 2014SGR1061), and the latter to the research group Intercultural Communication and Negotiation Strategies (CIEN) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (reference FFI2011-26964).
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.relationMICINN/PN2008-2011/FFI2011-26964
dc.relation.isformatofVersió postprint del document publicat a: https://doi.org/10.1080/07908318.2016.1153108
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage Culture And Curriculum, 2016, vol. 29, núm. 3, p. 263-285
dc.rights(c) Taylor & Francis, 2016
dc.subjectBilingual higher education
dc.subjectInternationalisation
dc.subjectEnglishisation
dc.subjectStudent attitudes
dc.subjectCatalonia
dc.titleThe Englishisation of higher education in Catalonia: a critical sociolinguistic ethnographic approach to the students' perspectives
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dc.date.updated2019-12-11T14:07:33Z
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dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1080/07908318.2016.1153108


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