Teaching in a foreign language: Linguistic performance and academic authority in the international university

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    The internationalization of universities puts pressure on all educational programs to use English as the language of instruction. Therefore research on the internationalization of universities in EFL countries[1] should obviously include a strong (though far from exclusive) focus on the impact of English. This paper is an example of this, focusing specifically on teacher discourse in an English-language context at a Danish university. It is part of the preparation for a project investigating the relationship between linguistic performance and academic authority for university teachers teaching courses in both English and Danish, based on recent sociolinguistic theories and concepts such as "persona," "stylization" and "authentication" (Bell, Eckert, Coupland, Bucholtz). The purpose is diagnostic with a view to the professionalization of university teachers who, without being native speakers of English, are to communicate their expertise in the multicultural learning environment. The main research question is: How does it affect the professional identity of university teachers in Denmark - as manifested in their discourses, and as perceived by themselves and the students - that they now have to teach in English, after always teaching in their mother tongue in the past? This paper introduces some of the issues in a presentation of three "teacher voices of the international university" in Denmark - pointing out, in particular, some of the theoretical and methodological difficulties in investigating such issues. Obviously, Danish university teachers are not alone in facing the challenge of having to teach in English, and the project is therefore relevant to university teachers in all EFL countries.

    [1] Countries where English is a Foreign Language

    TitelHigher Education in the Global Village : Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the International University
    RedaktørerHartmut Haberland, Janus Mortensen, Anne Fabricius, Bent Preisler, Karen Risager, Susanne Kjærbeck
    Antal sider20
    ForlagInstitut for Kultur og Identitet, Roskilde Universitet
    ISBN (Trykt)978-87-920-2414-5
    StatusUdgivet - 2008

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