Language Ideologies and the Experiences of International Students

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Through their language policies, universities favour particular languages in the process of learning and this challenges the value, inclusion and power of other languages. This chapter explores this issue from the perspective of international students through a series of task-based focus group interviews that concentrate on the University of Helsinki language policy and which have been analysed using discourse analysis methodology. The findings suggest that while the university is supportive of the development of language proficiency and values languages in general, many languages which are present in the international student body are not used actively for study purposes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage Perceptions and Practices in Multilingual Universities
EditorsMaria Kuteeva, Kathrin Kaufhold, Niina Hynninen
Number of pages26
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-38754-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-38755-6
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 516 Educational sciences
  • 6121 Languages

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