English as a Lingua Franca in the International University
The Politics of Academic English Language Policy
Routledge – 2013 – 248 pages
Routledge – 2013 – 248 pages
In this book, Jennifer Jenkins, one of the leading proponents of English as a Lingua Franca, explores current academic English language policy in higher education around the world.
Universities around the world are increasingly presenting themselves as "international" but their English language policies do not necessarily reflect this, even as the diversity of their student bodies grows. While there have been a number of attempts to explore the implications of this diversity from a cultural perspective, little has been said from the linguistic point of view, and in particular, about the implications for what kind(s) of English are appropriate for English lingua franca communication in international higher education.
Throughout the book Jenkins considers the policies of English language universities in terms of the language attitudes and ideologies of university management and staff globally, and of international students in a UK setting. The book concludes by considering the implications for current policies and practices, and what is needed in order for universities to bring themselves in line linguistically with the international status they claim.
English as a Lingua Franca in the International University is an essential read for researchers and postgraduate students working in the areas of Global Englishes, English as a Lingua Franca and English for Academic Purposes.
'A much-awaited [book] from which not only students both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels of any disciplines but also academic and administrative staff in HE as well as teachers at all levels, policymakers, international publishers, and examination boards will all greatly benefit.
It is the book that can completely change our way of thinking towards the ownership of English.' - Kumiko Murata, ELT Journal
‘This book puts the spotlight on the nature, role and consequences of 'English' in the 'international' university. It provides a welcome focus on debates about what kinds of language and literacy policies should be informing contemporary higher education. An important book for researchers and practitioners alike.’ - Theresa Lillis, The Open University, UK
‘On reading this book, people will wonder why native English remains so entrenched as the sole standard. The author’s call for a complete change of mind-set is compelling…this is a timely and important book.’ - Andy Kirkpatrick, Griffith University, Australia
‘Jennifer Jenkins offers us a comprehensive and incisive analysis of the complexities of higher education in the global world, with a welcome focus on the burning issues of linguistic and intercultural complexity involved.’ - Anna Mauranen, University of Helsinki, Finland
1. English, the lingua franca of the global academy 2. The spread of English as a Lingua Franca 3. ELFA and other approaches to academic English 4. Researching English language policies and practices in international universities 5. How international universities orient to English on their websites 6. Staff perspectives on their universities’ English language policies and practices 7. Conversations with international students. Afterword.
Jennifer Jenkins is Chair of Global Englishes and Director of the Centre for Global Englishes at the University of Southampton, UK.