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Article: The role of English as a lingua franca in social integration: The case of the international students of a university in Taiwan

TitleThe role of English as a lingua franca in social integration: The case of the international students of a university in Taiwan
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherThe Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong. The Journal's web site is located at http://caes.hku.hk/ajal/index.php/ajal/index
Citation
The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2014, v. 1 n. 1, p. 36-49 How to Cite?
AbstractGlobalization and the ease of mobility across nations in the last decade or so have brought some fundamental changes to the structural organization and operation of universities worldwide. To enhance global competitiveness, East Asian universities, in particular, have seen a growth in the intake of international students. A majority of the previous studies on students studying abroad were undertaken in the context of English-speaking countries such as the UK and USA; research investigating students coming from afar to study in countries which are predominantly Chinese-speaking appears to be lacking. Even scanter is the work related to how this group of students navigates through the social way-of-life at the university. This article explores the social integration of the international students of a bilingual university located in northern Taiwan. More specifically, the role English as a lingua franca plays in the integration will be examined based on the narrative accounts of 14 informants. The findings suggest that some institutional and individual obstacles need to be overcome before English can become more widely accepted as the common medium of communication.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198669
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dc.contributor.authorLau, KKen_US
dc.contributor.authorLin, CYen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-07-07T08:47:07Z-
dc.date.available2014-07-07T08:47:07Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 2014, v. 1 n. 1, p. 36-49en_US
dc.identifier.issn2308-6262-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/198669-
dc.description.abstractGlobalization and the ease of mobility across nations in the last decade or so have brought some fundamental changes to the structural organization and operation of universities worldwide. To enhance global competitiveness, East Asian universities, in particular, have seen a growth in the intake of international students. A majority of the previous studies on students studying abroad were undertaken in the context of English-speaking countries such as the UK and USA; research investigating students coming from afar to study in countries which are predominantly Chinese-speaking appears to be lacking. Even scanter is the work related to how this group of students navigates through the social way-of-life at the university. This article explores the social integration of the international students of a bilingual university located in northern Taiwan. More specifically, the role English as a lingua franca plays in the integration will be examined based on the narrative accounts of 14 informants. The findings suggest that some institutional and individual obstacles need to be overcome before English can become more widely accepted as the common medium of communication.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherThe Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong. The Journal's web site is located at http://caes.hku.hk/ajal/index.php/ajal/index-
dc.relation.ispartofThe Asian Journal of Applied Linguisticsen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleThe role of English as a lingua franca in social integration: The case of the international students of a university in Taiwanen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailLau, KK: lauken@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityLau, KK=rp01419en_US
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dc.identifier.hkuros229994en_US
dc.identifier.volume1en_US
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spage36en_US
dc.identifier.epage49en_US
dc.publisher.placeHong Kong-

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