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

Taina Saarinen, Heidi Rontu

    Tutkimustuotos: LehtiartikkeliArticleScientificvertaisarvioitu

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    Abstrakti

    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.

    AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
    Sivut97-119
    Sivumäärä23
    JulkaisuEuropean Journal of Language Policy
    Vuosikerta10
    Numero1
    DOI - pysyväislinkit
    TilaJulkaistu - 1 huhtikuuta 2018
    OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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