|Type||Short duration course, short course|
|Nominal duration||7.8.-23.8.2018 (5 ECTS)|
EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2018
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A minimum of 2 years of university-level studies is required for all courses. See course-specific requirements below >> target students.
All courses are taught in English. Although applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, all students must be fluent in English. A good command of English is necessary for completing the course (following teaching, participating in classroom discussions, writing essays) as well as managing day-to-day matters in Finland. An applicant can be rejected if his/her level of English is not deemed equivalent to the standards.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
English has become a global language of intercultural communication and is used worldwide as a contact language between people who do not share a common native language. Non-native speakers of English are increasingly using the language with each other in areas such as academia, business, diplomacy, sport and personal relationships. How does this new sociolinguistic situation develop, and how does it affect language practices and norms of language use?
Following Mauranen (2012), this course examines the phenomenon of English as a lingua franca (ELF) from three different but interrelated perspectives: cognitive, microsocial and macrosocial.
We will start by looking at linguistic features of ELF and how cognitive properties of multilingual processing can explain them. Moving on to the microsocial perspective, the students will get a chance to observe ELF interaction in the private sphere as well as in the working life, paying attention to multilingual practices as well as problems of understanding and how to pre-empt them. At the macrosocial level, we will consider the various ways in which languages are policed – whether by policy documents instigated by institutional authorities or by speakers monitoring and intervening in their own or each other’s language use in interaction/writing. We will conclude by taking an applied perspective on ELF and looking at its practical implications for teaching and assessment, among other professional fields. Each lecture topic will be further developed with students in a collaborative workshop format.
For more information about our research and resources, see the English as a Lingua Franca in Academic Settings (ELFA) and Language Regulation in Academia (LaRA) project websites:
Upon completion of the course, the students are expected to be acquainted with the concept of ELF and its theoretical framework; be able to demonstrate familiarity with research developments in the field of ELF; have gained hands-on experience of working with authentic linguistic data and of applying different research methods, such as corpus linguistics, discourse analysis and conversation analysis; and be able to explain implications of the phenomenon of ELF for the future of English as well as its practical consequences, for example, in the field of education.
Course format and teaching methods
The days in the course will be divided into morning and afternoon sessions. In the mornings, the students will attend lectures, and in the afternoons, they will get a chance to apply their newly obtained knowledge in workshops or language labs. The interactive activities of the afternoons will include (group) discussions, group work, hands-on experience with corpus linguistic tools, mini-research studies in groups or individually on a computer, exercises and tasks. We will also use snippets of real research data at our workshops to provide an authentic academic experience.
The course is suitable for students at master’s and doctoral levels, as well as language professionals who have an interest in English studies or applied linguistics. We also welcome students who are studying in or are planning to apply for the Master’s Programme in English Studies at the University of Helsinki. Please note that the course is not an English language course.
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