Full section schedules & abstracts
(updated 1.6.13)

Monday, June 10

Block A (14.00-15.30)

Section 1: Varieties of Asia & Africa

Section 2: English in language policies

  • Beyza Björkman, Stockholm University
    English as a lingua franca and the international university: Language policy rhetoric and ground reality

    • Abstract:

      Sweden is one of the leading countries when it comes to English-medium tuition in continental Europe. There were 401 English-taught programs in Sweden in 2011, putting the country in the third place after the Netherlands and Germany with 812 and 632 programs respectively (Institute of International Education).

      This paper will present a critical analysis of the language policy documents in Sweden with respect to four problematic areas. The first of these areas is the protectionist nature of these documents of the local language regardless of the practice at the university at hand. A second issue concerns the type of English used for English-medium instruction and the absence of a discussion of ELF. The third issue deals with the way multilingualism is discussed in these documents. Finally, the paper will discuss the relationship between ground-level reality and language policy rhetoric.

      The paper will end with a needs analysis while including a discussion of notions like language practices, i.e. what people actually do, language ideology, i.e. the beliefs about language use, and finally, any effort to modify language practice (Spolsky 2004: 5).

  • David Paterson, Matsuyama University
    How long can Japan play it safe on the edge of ELF?
  • Samir Lakehal, Université Stendhal (Grenoble, France)
    Why the French can't speak the Queen's English?

Section 3: Phraseology & formulaic language

Section 4: Teaching & learning English

Block B (16.00-17.00)

Section 1: English & identity in higher education

Section 2: Social impacts of English in Europe

Section 3: Variation & global implications

Tuesday, June 11

Block A (10.30-11.30)

Section 1: Explorations in ICE

Section 2: Corpora in the Expanding Circle

Section 3: Perceptions of English in Asia

Section 4: Internationalization of higher education

Block B (14.00-15.00)

Section 1: Creoles & contact linguistics

Section 2: Investigating universals

Section 3: Perceptions of English in Asia (cont.)

Block C (15.30-17.00)

Section 1: English in professional settings

Section 2: Theoretical challenges & openings

Section 3: Emerging norms in global English

Section 4: Internationalization of higher education (cont.)

Wednesday, June 12

Block A (10.30-11.30)

Section 1: Studies in UK varieties

Section 2: Loanwords & borrowings

Section 3: Computer Mediated Communication

Section 4: Lexicon & lexicography

Block B (13.00-14.00)

Section 1: Studies in ELF corpora

Section 2: Bilingualism & multilingualism

Section 3: Computer Mediated Communication (cont.)