1 Department of Language and Business Communication, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 Knowledge Communication, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 unknown4 Department of Business Communication, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University5 Stockholms Universitet og Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm6 Department of Business Communication, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
perceived patterns of interaction and language use among exchange students at four Scandinavian universities
Since the mid-1980s the European Union (the then European Communities) has launched several student exchange programs with the purpose of furthering not only multiculturalism but also multilingualism in Europe. This paper investigates whether such programs are likely to contribute to multilingualism among exchange students coming to Scandinavia. The paper is based on a longitudinal study of factors influencing the local language learning and the improvement in English language proficiency among exchange students coming to Scandinavia. The study included four Scandinavian universities: two traditional ones and two specialised ones. Data collection spanned the period from August 2005 to May 2007 and involved three individual interviews with each subject at regular intervals over his/her study abroad period. The subjects were some 240 students who volunteered for the project and whose first languages were German, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish or Czech. The paper presents findings on the students' perceived patterns of interaction and language use while in Scandinavia and discusses some of the consequences of EU exchange programs on the use of ELF.
EU; flersprogethed; Skandinavien; udvekslingsstuderende; engelsk; multilingualism; Scandinavia; exchange students; English
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The Ninth International Conference of the European Society for the Study of English: ESSE-9, 2008