Edited by Goro Christoph Kimura and Lisa Fairbrother
[Studies in World Language Problems 7] 2020
► pp. 107–131
Chapter 6. Language selection in contact situations
The case of international students in an English-medium science graduate program in Japan
This study investigates the language selection of international students in an English-medium graduate program and their language management within the context of the university’s language policy. Based on semi-structured interviews, the findings of the study show that although international students follow or are forced to follow the university’s language policy, especially in formal contexts, they flexibly select English or Japanese as a lingua franca, or mix these languages, particularly in informal contexts. Moreover, sometimes interactants use two different lingua franca languages in the same interaction. Therefore, it can be argued that it is necessary to develop an understanding of the actual language use of international students and to reconsider the role of both the official language and local language in the program.