University language policies : How does Finnish constitutional bilingualism meet the needs for internationalisation in English?

Taina Saarinen, Heidi Rontu

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    Abstract

    In this article, we discuss the position of Finnish constitutional bilingualism in higher education in the context of internationalisation in English, by focusing on two universities: one dominantly monolingual (Finnish), one dominantly bilingual (Finnish-Swedish); in addition, both teach in English. This article investigates how discourses around language choices (language policy documents, selected staff and student interviews) construe these universities as monolingual, bilingual or trilingual, and what these discourses say about the universities as organisations themselves. Results suggest that, although lack of clarity remains regarding language choices in many practical situations, Finnish and English are seen as self-evident primary languages of the universities; Swedish, as the third language, occupies a more contested place.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)97-119
    Number of pages23
    JournalEuropean Journal of Language Policy
    Volume10
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Keywords

    • English
    • Finnish
    • Higher education policy
    • Language policy in higher education
    • Swedish

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