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Plurilingual resources for ‘welcoming’ at a university service for international students

Plurilingual resources for ‘welcoming’ at a university service for international students
Plurilingual resources for ‘welcoming’ at a university service for international students
This paper studies the situated meaning given to a so-called ‘welcome’ service for international students at a Catalan university. The official business of the service is to offer support with bureaucratic procedures and information about available services, including those for learning Catalan. However, the complex range of overlapping activities emerging in interactions at the service leads us to question how participants themselves (i.e. service providers and student users) understand the business of ‘welcoming’. Furthermore, the use of different languages in the interactions brings us to ask what role participants assign to their plurilingual resources in accomplishing this business. The results allow us to describe the ‘welcome’ service as a complex and significant place for the language socialisation of newcomers to the university, as well as the central role of plurilingual resources in achieving this aim, in constucting the multilingual order and in accomplishing internationalisation. These results provide insights for policies aiming at the management of linguistic diversity in scenarios of internationalisation
0143-4632
406-424
Moore, Emilee
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Patino-Santos, Adriana
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Moore, Emilee
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Patino-Santos, Adriana
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Moore, Emilee and Patino-Santos, Adriana (2014) Plurilingual resources for ‘welcoming’ at a university service for international students. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 35 (4), 406-424. (doi:10.1080/01434632.2013.874437).

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This paper studies the situated meaning given to a so-called ‘welcome’ service for international students at a Catalan university. The official business of the service is to offer support with bureaucratic procedures and information about available services, including those for learning Catalan. However, the complex range of overlapping activities emerging in interactions at the service leads us to question how participants themselves (i.e. service providers and student users) understand the business of ‘welcoming’. Furthermore, the use of different languages in the interactions brings us to ask what role participants assign to their plurilingual resources in accomplishing this business. The results allow us to describe the ‘welcome’ service as a complex and significant place for the language socialisation of newcomers to the university, as well as the central role of plurilingual resources in achieving this aim, in constucting the multilingual order and in accomplishing internationalisation. These results provide insights for policies aiming at the management of linguistic diversity in scenarios of internationalisation

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Published date: 20 February 2014
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 363155
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/363155
ISSN: 0143-4632
PURE UUID: f7adbacd-00ae-4ea9-8ef4-bdfd6f8daf16

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Date deposited: 21 Mar 2014 09:14
Last modified: 19 Feb 2020 17:32

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