Exploring the roles of English: English as a lingua franca in master's programmes at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business

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Abstract

Europe's largest business university, WU sees offering master's programmes in English as a means to stay competitive. This paper highlights the roles of English and other languages at a strategic level in the university as well as in intercultural student teams. The data is taken from a multi-modal research project investigating students' language and interaction in teamwork on English-medium programmes. The results show that students use English as the medium of communication in and out of class and for discussing task-related topics, while they use other languages for socialisation purposes and to develop a sense of community.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119 - 124
JournalProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
Volume173
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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