A study of attitudes towards English as a Lingua Franca: Perspectivesand experiences of university students
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
My aim is to study university students’ attitudes towards using English as a first language when studying. This exploratory study will be conducted through a series of interviews but also a review of the students’ course syllabus to see if there occurs any pattern of variation amongst the literature used for their course.The results indicate that there is a favourable attitude towards the use of English because of both overt and covert prestige that is attached to it in academia. However, I have also discovered that there is a link between the students’ proficiency and their confidence in using English as an educational medium. This occurs because of the students’ own acceptance of the material given to them by the educational institutions. This acceptance of the literature is closely related to the students’ own reason to acquire a greater knowledge and proficiency through the use of English literature. By combining Kachru’s theory of concentric circles and the Milroys’ theory about overt and covert prestige, I have discovered that the globalization process has influenced Sweden’s choice of what second language to introduce into the educational system. Looking at the more informal and covert level I have found out that students strive to acquire a high level of proficiency in English due to cultural or social aspects that are involved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 46 p.
Attitude towards English, proficiency and confidence, acceptance and prestige
General Language Studies and Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-88220OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-88220DiVA: diva2:610526