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Title: The Ugly Duckling reigns supreme : an investigation into students' perceptions of the English language and Anglo-American culture in France
Author: D'Eye, John Preston
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2005
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Using data obtained from questionnaires and tape-recorded interviews this study aims to answer three questions concerning students' perceived needs for learning English, their perceptions of the English language, and perceptions of their own French identity. This study found that their primary need for English was to succeed in their chosen future profession for which the English language was seen as necessary even indispensable. The inverse also held true: a shortage of skills in English could put a brake upon their career aspirations. The second need for English was for the purposes of communicating with foreigners and in order to be understood when travelling overseas. The third need for English was short-term; for sport, music, the cinema and television, and surfing on the Internet. The respondents expressed a need to learn the language to a sufficiently high level and welcomed the present trend in French schools to introduce the teaching of English in infant schools. English is perceived as essential in the sectors of business and communication, and as an easy language to learn in terms of vocabulary and syntax. However, the political closeness of England and America was perceived negatively, and this in turn led to negative perceptions of England for some respondents. Just over half the respondents perceived a necessity to protect the French language against English and Anglicisms, citing the need to protect their culture, their heritage and their history. Those that did not perceive this need felt that in an ever changing world the English language had already penetrated French, that all spoken languages were in a constant state of evolution, and speaking a second language presented distinct advantages. Language appropriation was a common feature with the overwhelming majority of the students, even those who perceived it was necessary to protect the French language from English, using Anglicisms in their everyday language. The majority of the respondents perceived an important impact of both the English language and AngloAmerican culture on their own youth culture, and felt that the language had a greater penetration in France than any other non-indigenous language. This penetration was perceived as especially marked in the areas of music, cinema, television and fast-food restaurants. The respondents' perceptions of their own French identity were extremely strong. They perceived the French language, the French culture, and centuries of history as coming together to form a unifying and immensely strong heritage. The perception of the respondents was that not one single element of this heritage should be lost as it presented a barrier against any eventual domination by either the English language or Anglo-American culture.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.)--University of Exeter, 2005. Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.414028  DOI: Not available
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