DescriptionELF and Language Ideologies: A Case Study at TKK/Aalto University
Due to growing internationalization, English-medium university degree programs have become part of most European universities. This change has created concern about the language in use in teaching and learning situations. At TKK/Aalto University, there is concern over what level of English language skills is good enough for lecturing in English as a lingua franca (ELF) situations. This concern has led the new Aalto University to take steps to provide language and pedagogical support through a pilot mentoring program for teachers teaching through English in multicultural environments. My descriptive case study on subjects within the pilot mentoring program examines the language ideologies behind the support provided and those underlying the subjects in the study as well as what they feel governs their behavior when teaching through English. The study draws on data from classroom observations and video sessions followed by reflective discussions as well as from student questionnaires. My intention is to identify what language ideologies are present in the support provided in the mentoring program, how they manifest themselves within the program, as well as how they influence the subjects’ own perceptions of their own language use.
|Period||23 May 2010|