Popularisation of research results:
2nd International Conference on Childhood and Adolescence - Universidade Católica de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.
25-27 January 2018 - "ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN PUBLIC SPHERE - BETWEEN INCLUSION AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION. PRELIMINARY STUDY IN POLAND AND PORTUGAL (STUDY SPONSORED BY NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTRE (PL), GRANT NO: 2017/01/X/HS6/00316)"
English Language in the Public Space - between Inclusion and Social Exclusion. Education, integration & human rights. Invited lecture - Visiting Professor at Die Sigmund Freud PrivatUniversität (SFU), Berlin. 24 February 2018.
2 Invited lectures at MACR (MA in Children's Rights) on:
Language & Power. Children's rights' implications, - Visiting Professor at University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam 2 June 2018.
Children's rights' implications for gendered discourses on language and power. Unintended outcome of corporate interviews in Lisbon.
- Visiting Professor at University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam 4 June 2018.
Field notes from Portugal and Poland on language, gender and power. on 14 June, at Mid-term conference, Research Network 33, European Sociological Association, University of Bergen, Norway, June 14 – 15 2018.
XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology - Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities, Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018 - oral presentation on 18 July -"English Language in Public Space - between Inclusion and Social Exclusion. Pilot Studies in Poland and Portugal (STUDY SPONSORED BY NATIONAL SCIENCE CENTRE, POLAND, Grant NO: 2017/01/X/HS6/00316)," (92095) at Research Committee 25 session "Language Diversity, Power and Social Equality"
The book is on its way..... (manuscript due: October 2019)
A paper can be accessed: Odrowąż-Coates Anna: Soft power of language in social inclusion and exclusion and the unintended research outcomes, in: Language, Discourse, & Society, vol. 6, no. 2, 2018, pp. 15-30 accessible here - http://www.language-and-society.org/volume-6-number-2-december-2018/
Summary of preliminary findings:
In the preliminary study carried out in Lisbon and Warsaw, it was confirmed that English,
as a language of European integration and communication, is becoming increasingly
important as an element of social status. Moreover, in privileged social groups, its status
changes from a foreign language (FL) to a second language (L2), which may be
considered a linguistic shift with serious long-term consequences.
The research questions were as follows: Who is included or excluded due to the
popularity of English in the public spaces of Warsaw and Lisbon and how? Can
knowledge of English be regarded as a growing determinant of class differences? Who is
the main beneficiary? Initial hypotheses included:
[H1] not all social groups affirm the popularity of English in public spaces;
[H2] knowledge of English can be a determinant of social status, opening new
areas of social exclusion;
[H3] people who affirm the popularity of English in public spaces share similar
habitus and come from privileged environments.
To verify these hypotheses, unstructured interviews were used to engage with experts
(educational, political and economic elites), representatives of opinion-forming circles
(teachers, students, parents) and representatives of groups recognized as marginalized due
to a lack of English language skills. The linguistic landscape of the capitals of Poland and
Portugal ('language landscape') was examined.
A quantitative diagnostic survey was
conducted with purposive selection of respondents, representing various social groups
and circa 600 questionnaires were collected. Based on the empirical data, the growing
popularity of English in the public space of both capitals is apparent. There is also an
acceptance and affirmation of this phenomenon among opinion-forming groups,
economic, social and educational elites.
There are similarities in attitudes towards English amongst particular social groups.
In an environment with a lower social status, there are two prevailing attitudes.
The first is self-eliminating, with a negative attitude
towards the growing popularity of English and the second is an awareness of a
deprivation in terms of access to education, the labour market or information. This group
recognizes the importance of English for life opportunities, but they do not possess the
resources needed to gain inclusion. In groups with a privileged social status, the
obviousness of English as a required educational standard leads to the adoption of the
Foucaultian perspective of governmentality and a post-colonial framework.
Dr hab. Anna Odrowaz-Coates, Professor at APS
The Polish National Science Centre research grant 2017-2018
English language in public sphere - between inclusion and social exclusion. Preliminary study in Poland and Portugal
(funded by: National Science Centre, Poland grant no: 2017/01/X/HS6/00316)
The decision can be found here: https://ncn.gov.pl/konkursy/wyniki/2017-08-03-miniatura1 (no 43, list 4)
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