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Universities in the Anglophone centre: sites of multilingualism

Preece, S; (2011) Universities in the Anglophone centre: sites of multilingualism. Applied Linguistics Review , 2 pp. 121-146. 10.1515/9783110239331.121. Green open access

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Abstract

This article sets out to examine the increasingly complex linguistic ecology of universities in countries in the Anglophone centre. As universities in these settings have responded to operating in a globalised world, recruitment of students and staff who are multilingual and/ or bi-dialects has significantly increased. However, the diverse and rich linguistic resources that have been brought into the sector are largely ignored or treated as problematic. My intention is to raise linguistic diversity as an issue that needs greater debate and research in these universities, to problematise the monolingual ethos and practices of much of the sector, and to make the case for imagining universities in these settings as sites of multilingualism. This is in the interests of maintaining discourses that represent higher education as in the public good, in which universities have a vital role to play in contributing to the development of pluralistic, multicultural and multilingual societies at national, regional and global levels, in educating “critical citizens of the world” (Giroux 2004: 17), and in promoting an “ethos of personal growth that better represents what humanity might become” (Gibbs et al. 2004: 191).

Type: Article
Title: Universities in the Anglophone centre: sites of multilingualism
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/9783110239331.121
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110239331.121
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2011 by Walter de Gruyter GmbH.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476239
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