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Bosnar-Musija, Tamara. (2019). Language Ideologies in English Language Teaching. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Starčević, Anđel].

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Ideologies can be defined as systems of common-sensical ideas and beliefs. They become common sense by being reproduced by institutions. The aim of this study is to identify and examine language ideologies found in English classrooms in Croatia, focusing particularly on the influence teachers have had on their students’ later attitudes to the foreign language. The method that has been used to gain the data is the semi-structured interview. The participants’ responses show that they have encountered and adopted three major types of language ideologies. The first is the ideology of the standard language. The participants find the standard to be a more prestigious variety. The second ideology is the ideology of the native speaker, which is reflected in the participants’ view of the native speaker as an authority on language. The third group of ideologies on which the participants’ answers have been collected are different ideologies concerning code-switching. The participants mostly favour the ideologies of monoglossia and monolingualism, that is, the exclusive use of English in the classroom. Moreover, they believe that their former teachers’ attitudes, that is, displays of language ideologies, are pedagogically justified because they facilitate language progress.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: language ideology, standard language, native speaker, code-switching, ELT
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Starčević, Anđel
Date Deposited: 24 May 2019 12:10
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 12:10

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