English teachers' choice of language for publication: Qualitative insights from Bangladesh

Hamid, Md Obaidul (2006) English teachers' choice of language for publication: Qualitative insights from Bangladesh. Current Issues in Language Planning, 7 1: 126-140. doi:10.2167/cilp090.0

Author Hamid, Md Obaidul
Title English teachers' choice of language for publication: Qualitative insights from Bangladesh
Journal name Current Issues in Language Planning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1466-4208
Publication date 2006-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2167/cilp090.0
Volume 7
Issue 1
Start page 126
End page 140
Total pages 15
Editor R. Baldauf
R. Kaplan
Place of publication Clevedon, United Kingdom
Publisher Multilingual Matters/Portland Press
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
380201 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
751005 Communication across languages and cultures
Abstract The aim of this small-scale research was to gain some understanding of Bangladeshi English language teachers' language preference for publication purposes & the extent of the use of Bangla (Bengali), the L1, in their professional practice. Qualitative data for the study were gathered by means of a self-produced questionnaire. Results show that about three-quarters of the teachers published or would publish entirely in English because they believed that it was, among other reasons, the usual professional practice. More importantly, a number of teachers stated that they felt more comfortable writing academic essays in English. Regarding the use of L1, all 37 respondents pointed out that they used it sparingly in the classroom, & only a small number considered it a barrier in learning English, the L2. While emphasising the study's limitations, the paper suggests that English teachers' lack of confidence in L1 academic writing may be seen as indicating the potential direction of a slowly emerging individual bilingualism among university teachers of English. However, the paper also argues that the emergence of this potential bilingualism can be seen only at the individual rather than societal level, &, within the academic context, only in the limited domain of academic writing. Figures, References. Adapted from the source document
Keyword sociolinguistics
academic communication
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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