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Language and higher education: two current challenges

Language and higher education: two current challenges
Language and higher education: two current challenges
For higher education, two recent changes in world language practices are crucial: the emergence of English as the default language of international communication, and the technology of the Internet. The first appears to have contributed to problems of motivation for English-speaking learners of foreign languages. Information is provided about responses in England to a crisis in recruitment that is shared by other English-speaking countries, and suggestions are made about how higher education might respond. The second raises more general cultural issues, and this article briefly explores some concerns about the concept of plagiarism and the way universities react to it. Both these issues reflect the interplay between language use, cultural norms, power, and educational values.
english, foreign languages, higher education, internet, plagiarism
1474-0222
163-173
Brumfit, Christopher
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Brumfit, Christopher
eda5109b-a2a8-4340-b68d-eb32213bf694

Brumfit, Christopher (2004) Language and higher education: two current challenges. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 3 (2), 163-173. (doi:10.1177/1474022204042685).

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For higher education, two recent changes in world language practices are crucial: the emergence of English as the default language of international communication, and the technology of the Internet. The first appears to have contributed to problems of motivation for English-speaking learners of foreign languages. Information is provided about responses in England to a crisis in recruitment that is shared by other English-speaking countries, and suggestions are made about how higher education might respond. The second raises more general cultural issues, and this article briefly explores some concerns about the concept of plagiarism and the way universities react to it. Both these issues reflect the interplay between language use, cultural norms, power, and educational values.

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Published date: 2004
Keywords: english, foreign languages, higher education, internet, plagiarism

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Local EPrints ID: 12300
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/12300
ISSN: 1474-0222
PURE UUID: 5b16fc75-650c-4192-a741-d27add60bf54

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Date deposited: 08 Apr 2005
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 17:03

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