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The Language Environments of Exchange Students at Scandinavian Universities
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH, Language and Communication.
2007 (English)In: Researching Content and Language Integration in Higher Education / [ed] Wilkinson, R.; Zegers, V., University of Maastricht , 2007, 233-250 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Exchange students who come to Scandinavia are often motivated by an intention to improve their proficiency in English rather than the local language. They take academic classes conducted in English and may find themselves living in a lingua-franca English bubble, acculturated to an international-student subculture. A few do break out of the bubble, learn the local language, and experience the local culture. Here we report on a project intended identify the factors leading to successful learning of both English and the local languages. 70 students at each of four institutions, two in Sweden, two in Denmark, were interviewed three times over a semester and asked to complete simple language tests. English proficiency improved in most cases, Swedish/Danish was only learnt by those with good initial English and appropriate motivation. As expected, contact with local students was limited. Institutional policies can probably influence these outcomes.

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University of Maastricht , 2007. 233-250 p.
Keyword [en]
Exchange students, language, Scandinavia, lingua-franca English.
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Computer Science Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-52002ISBN: 978 90 5625 269 4OAI: diva2:465295
QC 20120111. tmh_import_11_12_14Available from: 2011-12-14 Created: 2011-12-14 Last updated: 2012-01-11Bibliographically approved

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