[lg policy] bibitem: Language policy in Swedish higher education: A contextualised perspective

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 14 14:54:07 UTC 2011

Language policy in Swedish higher education: A contextualised perspective

Béatrice Cabau
Hong Kong Baptist University
cabaulam at hkbu.edu.hk


In light of two main axes, namely internationalisation of higher
education (HE) and national
language policy discourse, this article investigates the answers
provided by Swedish higher
education institutions (HEIs) regarding the position of the national
language and English. It
first illustrates the phenomenon of internationalisation of Swedish HE
and the use of English
in Swedish HEIs. Then, by analysing several official documents, it
investigates the simultaneous
process of implementing a national policy, as well as the position of
English and Swedish in
the HE domain in light of this national policy. It then reviews the
problems encountered by
students and teachers when using English as a medium of instruction.
The paper next exposes
the language policy adopted by two Swedish HEIs and investigates the
problems encountered
and the solutions proposed to enhance linguistic diversity in Swedish
HE at large. The paper
concludes with a brief overview of the language issues pervading other
domains, such as
media, politics and business.

Keywords: Sweden; higher education; English; national language policy;

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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com


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