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Book Chapter: English as Lingua Franca on Campus: Cultural Integration or Segregation?

TitleEnglish as Lingua Franca on Campus: Cultural Integration or Segregation?
Authors
Issue Date2014
PublisherSpringer
Citation
English as Lingua Franca on Campus: Cultural Integration or Segregation?. In Murray, N & Scarino, A (Eds.), Dynamic Ecologies: A Relational Perspective on Languages Education in the Asia-Pacific Region, p. 75-93. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2014 How to Cite?
AbstractTo enhance global competitiveness, internationalization of staff, students and programs have become an essential part of the strategic plan of universities in recent decades. These internationalization initiatives have had a profound impact not only on the learning spaces but also the social spaces in universities, especially universities in non-English speaking countries. Based on in-depth interviews with a purposive sample of 60 students at a tertiary institution in Hong Kong, this paper examines the impact of the use of English as a lingua franca inside and outside the classroom on the interaction amongst students from diverse linguistic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It observes that the way in which each student positioned themselves in these social spaces had led to intercultural understanding or misapprehension, social integration or segregation, and fragmentation or coherence of the community. It argues that a “lingua franca” should not be narrowly conceived as solely referring to a common linguistic code; it should also be conceived as a common discourse mediated by multiple languages, a discourse which embraces and celebrates cultural diversity, empathy and mutual respect.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/204874
ISBN
Series/Report no.Multilingual education; v. 9

 

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dc.contributor.authorTsui, ABMen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-20T00:51:20Z-
dc.date.available2014-09-20T00:51:20Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationEnglish as Lingua Franca on Campus: Cultural Integration or Segregation?. In Murray, N & Scarino, A (Eds.), Dynamic Ecologies: A Relational Perspective on Languages Education in the Asia-Pacific Region, p. 75-93. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2014en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9789400779716en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/204874-
dc.description.abstractTo enhance global competitiveness, internationalization of staff, students and programs have become an essential part of the strategic plan of universities in recent decades. These internationalization initiatives have had a profound impact not only on the learning spaces but also the social spaces in universities, especially universities in non-English speaking countries. Based on in-depth interviews with a purposive sample of 60 students at a tertiary institution in Hong Kong, this paper examines the impact of the use of English as a lingua franca inside and outside the classroom on the interaction amongst students from diverse linguistic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. It observes that the way in which each student positioned themselves in these social spaces had led to intercultural understanding or misapprehension, social integration or segregation, and fragmentation or coherence of the community. It argues that a “lingua franca” should not be narrowly conceived as solely referring to a common linguistic code; it should also be conceived as a common discourse mediated by multiple languages, a discourse which embraces and celebrates cultural diversity, empathy and mutual respect.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringeren_US
dc.relation.ispartofDynamic Ecologies: A Relational Perspective on Languages Education in the Asia-Pacific Regionen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesMultilingual education; v. 9-
dc.titleEnglish as Lingua Franca on Campus: Cultural Integration or Segregation?en_US
dc.typeBook_Chapteren_US
dc.identifier.emailTsui, ABM: bmtsui@hkucc.hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityTsui, ABM=rp00062en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/978-94-007-7972-3_6en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros239023en_US
dc.identifier.spage75en_US
dc.identifier.epage93en_US
dc.publisher.placeDordrecht, Netherlandsen_US

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