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Staff and students perceptions of English language policies and practices in 'international' universities: a case study from the UK

Staff and students perceptions of English language policies and practices in 'international' universities: a case study from the UK
Staff and students perceptions of English language policies and practices in 'international' universities: a case study from the UK
This article presents a small qualitative study which aimed to gain an understanding of how lecturers and international students perceive the English language policies and practices at their institutions. The findings show that most participants perceive current policies and practices as unfair. However, there were discrepancies in lecturers’ and students’ perceptions. While there was convergence in relation to admission policies, there was stark divergence in relation to expected language standards, assessment and student support. We also found a prevalence of monolingual, norm-oriented attitudes among lecturers. The findings highlight the need for a reconceptualisation of policies and practices in order to make universities truly international.
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47-73
Jenkins, Jennifer
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Wingate, Ursula
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Jenkins, Jennifer
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Wingate, Ursula
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Jenkins, Jennifer and Wingate, Ursula (2015) Staff and students perceptions of English language policies and practices in 'international' universities: a case study from the UK. Higher Education Review, 47 (2), 47-73.

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This article presents a small qualitative study which aimed to gain an understanding of how lecturers and international students perceive the English language policies and practices at their institutions. The findings show that most participants perceive current policies and practices as unfair. However, there were discrepancies in lecturers’ and students’ perceptions. While there was convergence in relation to admission policies, there was stark divergence in relation to expected language standards, assessment and student support. We also found a prevalence of monolingual, norm-oriented attitudes among lecturers. The findings highlight the need for a reconceptualisation of policies and practices in order to make universities truly international.

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e-pub ahead of print date: April 2015
Published date: 15 May 2015
Organisations: Modern Languages and Linguistics

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Local EPrints ID: 382880
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/382880
ISSN: 0018-1609
PURE UUID: e17605dc-1820-4ba3-91c2-f40de920aafe

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Date deposited: 16 Oct 2015 10:24
Last modified: 19 Dec 2019 17:30

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