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122220 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper (2019S)

English in the international university: policies and online practices

11.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 06.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 20.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 27.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 10.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 08.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 15.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 22.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 29.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A
Wednesday 05.06. 15:00 - 21:00 Besprechungsraum Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O2-07
Wednesday 12.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum 6 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-22.A

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Aims:

• gain knowledge in language policy research as it pertains to ‘English-medium education in multilingual university settings’
• gain familiarity with and experience in applying select CMDA (computer-mediated discourse analysis) research skills
• gain detailed insights into the roles, functions and online use of English (as a lingua franca) in a specific tertiary educational setting

Content and Methods

The so-called “Bologna Process” of internationalising tertiary education has not only resulted in the three-level architecture of study programmes (bachelor/master/doctorate), but has also changed and strengthened the relevance of English at mainland European universities. Besides teaching English language classes, English is increasingly used as medium of instruction, language of administration, and of doing and disseminating research, i.e. as language for academic purposes. From a sociolinguistic point of view this means that our universities are no longer the largely monolingual institutions they used to be, but have entered an era of de facto bi- or multilingualism. In how far is this multilingualism made visible and constructed online? How do institutions react to or support the presence of English in their language policy statements and other online texts? What kind of English is taught and/or used? What language practices do stakeholder groups engage in online and how do these practices compare with their university’s language policies?
It is questions like these that we will deal with in the seminar course, which focuses on the multifunctional and potentially contested position of English in present-day tertiary institutions. Based on up-to-date research into language policy in higher education, EMEMUS (English medium education in multilingual university settings) and ELFA (English as a lingua franca in academia), participants will become familiar with the complexity of this applied linguistic concern. By undertaking small-scale qualitative studies, they will gain informed insights into the language policies and select online practices at tertiary institutions of their choice.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students are assessed on the basis of participation, assignments, project proposal, presentation and written seminar paper. Project proposal, presentation and seminar paper are based on the small-scale research project each student will select and work on during the semester.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements: [dropping out of course is possible till March 31]

a) regular class attendance (max. 2 absences)
b) giving the oral presentation (on set date)
c) handing in the seminar paper (on time)
d) attaining 60 of the maximum 100 points.

Course evaluation will be based on :
* class participation and assignments (max. 25 points)
* oral presentation (max. 15 points)
* seminar paper (max. 60 points)

Final grades & points achieved: ‘1’: 90-100; ‘2’: 80-89; ‘3’: 70-79; ‘4’: 60-69; ‘5’: 0-59

Examination topics

not applicable

Reading list

References and basic readingswill be provided in class and on Moodle

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.3-222, BA06.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-2222

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