English as a lingua franca lecturers' self-perceptions of their language use

Diane Pilkinton-Pihko

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review


    This paper examines ELF (English as a lingua franca) lecturers’ self-perceptions of their language use and ability to communicate in English as well as what language ideologies guide their self-perceptions. To investigate this, a phenomenographic approach was used. The input data for the phenomenographic investigation were collected from three ELF lecturers of engineering, who participated in a self-assessment of their language abilities and two semi-structured interviews that focused on themes and questions related to their perceptions of their own language use and to their language ideologies. Three types of language ideologies were identified: standard language ideology, standard English native speaker (NS) language ideology, and English as ‘other’. The findings show that none of the lecturers adhere strictly to standard language ideology or to standard English NS language ideology and that lecturers’ self-perceptions change depending on what they choose as their standard measure.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication English as a lingua franca (Helsinki English Studies Vol. 6)
    EditorsAnna Mauranen, Niina Hynninen
    Number of pages16
    Place of PublicationHelsinki
    PublisherUniversity of Helsinki, Department of Modern Languages
    Publication date20 Dec 2010
    Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2010
    MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

    Publication series

    NameHelsinki English Studies
    ISSN (Electronic)1457-9960

    Fields of Science

    • 612 Languages and Literature

    Cite this