Incoming Exchange Students’ Experience of ELF in Hong Kong
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AbstractThe study centers on multiple case studies of incoming exchange students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who are L2 speakers of English and taking the courses in English. The research investigates incoming exchange students’ perceptions of English as a lingua franca through the use of English as the principal language for their courses, daily life, and formation of social networks/intercultural friendship in a semester-long international exchange program. The longitudinal study consists of three phases, pre-sojourn, mid-sojourn and post-sojourn. Triangulation of qualitative and quantitative data (e.g., surveys, interview transcripts, Facebook posts and etc.) focuses on incoming exchange students’ perceptions of English as a lingua franca in Hong Kong.
The findings indicate that the participants generally had a good understanding as the status of English as an international language. They possess positive attitudes towards English as a medium of instruction for courses and tutorial discussions in Hong Kong. Nevertheless, they encountered different degrees of difficulties in the use of English to establish friendships with local Hong Kong students and other international students. Besides, there were also some inconveniences of living in Hong Kong when they could only rely on English and had no knowledge of Chinese. The findings of the study have important implications for international exchange students, educators who guide exchange students and institutions which send and receive international exchange students in places where English is used as a lingua franca. The study highlights the impact of English as a lingua franca on international exchange students’ sojourn experience.
All Author(s) ListXie Yingying
Name of Conferencethe CAES International Conference “Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English”
Start Date of Conference01/06/2017
End Date of Conference03/06/2017
Place of ConferenceHong Kong
Country/Region of ConferenceHong Kong
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom

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