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Language, Individual & Society, Volume 13, 2019

PERCEPTIONS OF ENGLISH L2. LANGUAGE OF SHAKESPEARE OR JUST A TOOL FOR INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION?
Natalia Dankova
Pages: 173-179
Published: 7 Oct 2019
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Abstract: According to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the learning of a new language is considered, in its ultimate form, as to be the appropriation of a new culture. The attraction of the latter, or at least in part, is often a motivational trigger for learning its language. Does the language-culture association take precedence over the instrumental utility of English whereby the motivation to learn is related to the benefits that knowledge of English offers for work or studies? Which is more important: the utility of English for intercultural communication or the attraction of the culture? The present study examines the perception of the language-culture association vs the instrumental utility of English L2 in bilingual and multilingual adults residing outside of English-speaking areas. The quantitative data was collected through an online questionnaire. The results show that what motivate English L2 learners to consume cultural products in English is their variety and availability, rather than a particular interest in the Anglo-Saxon cultures. The English language is considered by the majority of respondents to be mostly a tool for intercultural communication, studies, and work. Many respondents are neutral regarding the aesthetical aspects of the English language.
Keywords: english l2 learning, motivation, interest in the cultures of the english language, tool for intercultural communication, perceptions of english
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