Teaching Through English: Monolingual Policy Meets Multilingual Practice.

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Abstract

The present paper proposes to explore the boundaries of Teaching Through English by discussing situations where English meets other languages within the teaching and learning situation and in the surrounding environment. In contrast to the view that the English language is taking over whole areas of society in a process of domain loss, the paper shows that even within offi cially English medium study programmes there is a certain scope for multilingual practices. Through looking in more detail at actual language use in a range of communicative situations within the study environment, the paper seeks to build a more detailed understanding of what constitutes a sociolinguistic domain, and where its boundaries are. The paper is based on a case study of an English medium MSc programme at a Norwegian university.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-113
Number of pages14
JournalHermes
Volume45
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

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Keywords

  • Multilingualism
  • Code-Switching
  • Language planning
  • English as an academic language

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