"English frenzy" among Spanish higher education students : neoliberal subjects in a global job market
Maslanka Figueroa, María
Codó, Eva, dir. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Filologia Anglesa i de Germanística)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres

Data: 2019
Descripció: 87 pag.
Resum: The acquisition of English has become a necessity for both students and workers in the current global economic context. This phenomenon has resulted in an "English frenzy", a fever motivated by the language ideology of necessitation - which in turn is influenced by neoliberalism - through which English has become the key skill needed for students and workers to become employable subjects. This dissertation aims at depicting some of the ideologies of English language present in Spanish higher education students, the next generation of neoliberal subjects in the current economy. In order to do so, we first pose the state and status of English in South Korea as a comparison to our case study. English has become an extremely valuable language for South Koreans, motivated by the promise that the knowledge of the language seems to guarantee. English, therefore, becomes an index of the competence and social status of the speaker, as well as his/her success and competitiveness. Our aim is to give testimony of the embeddedness of Park's "promise of English" ideology through the analysis of six interviews with higher education students of the UAB and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. We suggest that the Spanish students' relationship with English is similar to that of the South Korean population in terms of the ideology of self-deprecation, university degrees and their belief and hopes to have access to a better job, but not as extreme in terms of their search for geographical mobility to perfect their English skills.
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Llengua: Anglès
Titulació: Estudis d'Anglès i Espanyol [2501910]
Pla d'estudis: Grau en Estudis d'Anglès i Espanyol [836]
Document: bachelorThesis ; Text
Matèria: Language ideology ; Neoliberalism ; English frenzy ; World Englishes ; Indexicalities ; South Korea ; Spain ; International communication

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