English in Nordic Universities

Ideologies and practices

| Department of Applied Linguistics and English Language, The Open University
| The Lanchart Centre, University of Copenhagen
| The Lanchart Centre, University of Copenhagen
ISBN 9789027228369 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027269591 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This volume brings together theoretical perspectives and empirical studies on the ongoing Englishization of Nordic universities. A core objective is to contrast and address the gap between ideological representations of this phenomenon and the ways in which it unfolds in the practices on the ground. The book provides perspectives from five Nordic countries: Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland, with one chapter from each country focusing on ideologies and another on practices. The book is intended to provide an up-to-date resource on the internationalization and Englishization of Nordic universities for scholars, policy makers and anyone wishing to gain an overview of current issues in the field.
[Studies in World Language Problems, 5]  2014.  vi, 268 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
English at Nordic universities: Ideologies and practices
Anna Kristina Hultgren, Frans Gregersen and Jacob Thøgersen
Parallel languages in the history of language ideology in Norway and the lesson for Nordic higher education
Andrew R. Linn
Language planning in practice in the Norwegian higher education sector
Ragnhild Ljosland
Language ideology and shifting representations of linguistic threats: A Bourdieusian re-reading of the conceptual history of domain loss in Sweden’s field of language planning
Linus Salö
Zooming in on language practices in Swedish higher education. A discussion of five studies and their normative versus dynamic approach towards policy and practice
Hedda Söderlundh
Language ideologies in Finnish higher education in the national and international context: a historical and contemporary outlook
Taina Saarinen
Local majority and minority languages and English in the university: The University of Helsinki in a Nordic comparison
Jan Lindström and Jenny Sylvin
Ideologies in Iceland: the protection of language forms
Ari Páll Kristinsson
English at the University of Iceland: Ideology and Reality
Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir and Hafdís Ingvarsdóttir
Language Ideologies in Danish Higher Education: Exploring student perspectives
Janus Mortensen and Anne Fabricius
Linguistic realities at the University of Copenhagen - Parallel language use in practice as seen from the perspective of international staff
Merike Jürna
English from above and below, and from outside
Hartmut Haberland
Index of topics
“At a time when the roles of universities are changing and there is tension between the dominant ideology of internationalization (and thus often Englishization) and the desire to preserve national languages as languages of scholarship and education, there is need for a scholarly, readable and measured account of how ideology and actual practice match (or do not) in higher education. This important book fills that need. It provides an in-depth understanding of the relationship between international and national ideologies and practices in the use of languages in Nordic universities. Its relevance extends far beyond the Nordic countries, and is essential reading for all caught up in this era of the internationalization of higher education.”
“This book is a timely antidote to those may maintain that handling language is a simple phenomenon in higher education. The book will be of great value to both those who take an ‘internationalist’ stance, and those who argue for strengthening the ‘nationalist’ underpinning of higher education. Concepts that risk being inadequately thought through, such as domain and ideology, are discussed in depth by the contributors. The contributors from five Nordic countries display a wide range of approaches to higher education ideology and to the application of language and educational policy in practice. The book will prove of much value to policymakers and practitioners elsewhere in Europe and beyond.”
“[T]he volume is a very welcome addition to the field of language studies in higher education, and it will be an indispensable source of reference to authors working in this area. Because of the relevance of the topics discussed in all papers, it should also be appealing to university policymakers and officials who, in all likelihood, will find the discussions in these chapters highly pertinent to their professional endeavors.”
“Englishization is a global phenomenon. This volume presents a multi-faceted approach to the subject by establishing a dialogue, [...], between ideologies and practices. The volume would be of interest to a great variety of students and researchers: those currently conducting research in the phenomenon will encounter sound, up-to-date findings; those involved with other topics within the field will benefit from a varied and balanced collection of papers that use different data sources, methods, and analytical approaches.”
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