English as a lingua franca in education

Mullan, Abigail (2014) English as a lingua franca in education. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This dissertation explores discourse features adopted by three lecturers at the University of Portsmouth within two different classroom settings: seminars comprised of native English speakers, and seminars comprised of non-native speakers. The overall aim of this study was to identify whether teachers modify their language when teaching non-native speakers, in comparison to the language that they use when teaching native speakers.
    Considerable academic discussion has centered on the notion that interlocutors with different first languages adopt an English as a lingua franca in order to communicate effectively. This empirical research illustrates whether this is true of native English teachers when communicating with non-native speaking students in a university seminar setting. Through analysing the transcripts of twelve audio-recorded seminars, features of discourse were identified and the teachers’ patterns in communications between the two seminar settings were compared. This dissertation works towards the conclusion that teachers within the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth, do not modify their language as considerably as one may predict, considering the assumption that non-native speakers are often thought to have a more limited command of the English language.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 11:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:45
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16090

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