From Theory to Practice- Selected papers from the 2013 ICLHE Conference
Edited By Robert Wilkinson and Mary Louise Walsh
Linguistic competence in undergraduate science teaching: A student perspective
Abstract1 This paper addresses the question of how undergraduate students negotiate linguistic competence of their university lecturers following the switch of the classroom medium of instruction from German to English. Emphasising the concept of intersubjectivity in classroom communities of practice (Smit, 2010; generally in Gillespie & Cornish, 2010; Marková, 2003), this paper aims at revealing interpretative repertoires (Wetherell & Potter, 1988; Wetherell, 1998) underlying the students’ display of the lecturers’ communicative behaviour. Discussing selected scenes from two science lectures with undergraduate students, the paper shows that the successful implementation of English-medium instruction crucially depends on the lecturers’ ability to negotiate communicative-didactic rather than linguistic competence.
Keywords: English-medium instruction (EMI); natural sciences; linguistic competence; communicative-didactic competence; interpretative repertoires; stimulated recall
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