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  • 1.
    Söderlundh, Hedda
    Malmö University.
    Applying transnational strategies locally: English as a medium of instruction in Swedish higher education2013In: Nordic Journal of English Studies, ISSN 1654-6970, E-ISSN 1654-6970, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 113-132Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Analysing student interaction at an international university in Sweden, this article investigates how the transnational strategy of using English as a medium of instruction can be (re)constructed by students in a local context. The analysis focuses on students’ expectations—or norms—for when it is appropriate to use English, and shows that English medium-instruction does not necessarily mean that students speak English all the time. The local language Swedish is used in connection to teaching and students establish local norms for when, how and with whom it is appropriate—or inappropriate—to speak English. A conclusion is that although language choice at the international university is influenced by global factors, it is still firmly a local construction.

  • 2.
    Söderlundh, Hedda
    Malmö University.
    Global Policies and Local Norms: Sociolinguistic Awareness and Language Choice at an International University2012In: International Journal of the Sociology of Language, ISSN 0165-2516, E-ISSN 1613-3668, no 216, p. 87-109Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As part of the internationalization of higher education, more and more European university courses are being taught in English. Exchanges between universities have grown, and students from different parts of the world now often study together. What does this international environment look like in linguistic terms? Do students and teaching staff speak only the course language English, or are other languages also used, and if so, in what situations and contexts? These questions are discussed on the basis of an ethnographic study of an English-medium university course in Sweden. Extended examples of interaction show that participants adapt their use of languages to place-bound needs and conditions, giving rise to local norms. The national language Swedish holds a special position, as the first language of the majority and the lecturer. The course language English is dominant as a de facto lingua franca, but local social and linguistic needs and conditions leave room for other languages as well. Overall, course participants orient to three competing principles of language use: (a) English as a lingua franca, (b) the speaker's orientation to her or his own language and (c) the special position of Swedish, as the first language of the majority and the lecturer.

  • 3.
    Söderlundh, Hedda
    Uppsala universitet.
    Internationalisering i praktiken: språkbruk i två svenska utbildningsmiljöer2010In: Språkvård och språkpolitik: Svenska språknämndens forskningskonferens i Saltsjöbaden 2008 / [ed] Lars-Gunnar Andersson, Olle Josephson, Inger Lindberg, Mats Thelander, Stockholm: Norstedts Förlag, 2010, p. 252-268Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Swedish language planning the position of English vis-à-vis Swedish is attracting attention. This is due to the concern that the growing use of English in certain domains may result in Swedish loosing ground. Surveys have shown that English is frequently used in fields with extensive international collaboration, such as higher education, business and politics. Yet, knowledge about actual language use and patterns of language choice in international contexts is poor and studies on how the involved parties themselves understand the situation are lacking. This paper draws on data from an ongoing PhD project on the use of Swedish in English medium university education and discusses students’ language choice patterns in two English medium lectures in Sweden: the one taken from a faculty of social sciences and the other from a faculty of science and technology. Findings show that the use of Swedish differs between the two lectures and that the usage can be characterized as spontaneous. Interestingly, students speak Swedish in a number of study activities associated with the lectures. Even though Swedish is seldom heard in class, it dominates in study activities outside class. The number of exchange students in combination with students’ and teachers’ attitudes impact on language choices. Existing local language plans, however, do not seem to influence actual language use.

  • 4.
    Söderlundh, Hedda
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Swedish Language.
    Internationalization in the Higher Education Classroom: Local Policy Goals put into Practice2018In: Journal of Studies in International Education, ISSN 1028-3153, E-ISSN 1552-7808, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 317-333Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Nowadays, most universities have policies for internationalization, and in such policies, attention is increasingly given to internationalization as an aspect of students’ learning. However, there have so far been limited efforts to study how such student-centered internationalization can be carried out in practice. This article explores linkages between policy and practice, and it reports on a case study of how local policy goals of internationalization are carried out at the classroom level in a university in Sweden. Through fine-grained analyses of classroom interactions, it is demonstrated how a teacher and his students put policy goals into practice and what aspects stimulate them to do so. More generally, the results contribute to knowledge of how internationalization of higher education can be encouraged and practiced in local learning settings in the form of social actions and how it is carried out in a certain context at a certain time.

  • 5.
    Söderlundh, Hedda
    Uppsala universitet.
    Internationella universitet – lokala språkval: Om bruket av talad svenska i engelskspråkiga kursmiljöer2010Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The thesis deals with the use of spoken Swedish on six English-medium university courses in Sweden. The courses are taken by both Swedish and foreign students, with English as the common language of instruction. The aim of the study is to describe and understand the oral use of Swedish, by students in particular, in the type of linguistic environment that arises when English is the medium of instruction.

    Language use is studied from three angles: the use of spoken Swedish, the functions of Swedish in interaction, and participants’ attitudes to Swedish and English and to the choice of one language or the other. The analysis is based on observations and recordings of naturally occurring talk on courses in the subject areas business studies, engineering and computer science, and on interviews with students and teaching staff. Close analysis of the Swedish spoken is combined with ethnographic knowledge of the broader social context of the courses, and in both theory and method the thesis combines the research fields of sociolinguistics and ethnography.

    The study shows that Swedish is spoken on all the courses observed. It is used primarily outside whole-group teaching, in interactions not involving foreign students. The language occurs both in talk relating to the course subject and in private conversations. Thus, English-medium education does not by definition mean that English is the only language employed; Swedish, too, has a more or less prominent place. In the thesis, attitudes and patterns of language choice are attributed to the national, rather than international, character of the courses, and to the fact that most of the students and lecturers have experience of and routines from Swedish-medium education. The old routines are carried over into the nominally English-medium courses, giving Swedish a special position and local prestige in these environments.

  • 6.
    Söderlundh, Hedda
    Malmö University.
    Language Choice and Linguistic Variation in Classes Nominally Taught in English2013In: Language Alternation, Language Choice and Language Encounter in International Tertiary Education / [ed] Hartmut Haberland, Dorte Lønsmann, Bent Preisler, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2013, p. 85-102Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter presents a study of the linguistic milieu that is generated when students from different parts of the world meet and interact in international university settings. The study is conducted in nominally English-medium courses at a Swedish university, and focuses on how students use Swedish and other non-authorised languages in addition to English. The multilingual characteristics of the milieu are exemplified and discussed, and it is demonstrated that the language of the surrounding society holds a special position. In the era of globalisation, universities are part of internationalisation processes, but yet situated in a local context marked by a certain history and specific linguistic resources.

  • 7.
    Söderlundh, Hedda
    Uppsala universitet.
    Talad svenska i engelskspråkiga universitetskurser: sammanfattning av ett forskningsprojekt2011In: Språk för framtiden: Rapport från ASLA:s höstsymposium, Falun, 12-13 november, 2010 / [ed] Ylikiiskilä, Antti; Westman, Maria, Uppsala: ASLA Svenska föreningen för tillämpad språkvetenskap , 2011, p. 199-210Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 8.
    Söderlundh, Hedda
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Swedish Language.
    Zooming in on language practices in Swedish higher education: A discussion of five studies and their normative versus dynamic approach towards policy and practice2014In: English in Nordic Universities: Ideologies and Practices / [ed] Anna Kristina Hultgren, Frans Gregersen & Jacob Thøgersen, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2014, p. 111-126Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this chapter, five studies of language practice in Swedish higher education are compared and discussed with focus on how the policy of English-medium teaching is assumed to relate to practices ‘on the ground’. It is demonstrated that the earlier studies take a normative approach towards policy and practice, in the sense that practice is assumed to coincide with policy, while the later studies approach policy and practice from a dynamic point of view, assuming that other languages may be used in addition to the policy-prescribed medium. The underlying approach has implications for the studies’ design and focus, but also for their results concerning the use of Swedish and English in higher education in Sweden.

  • 9.
    Söderlundh, Hedda
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Swedish Language.
    Lind, Therese
    Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Nordström, Anders
    Södertörn University, Police Education.
    Hur får man en högskolepedagogisk satsning att leva vidare? Några reflektioner kring ämnesintegrering av akademiskt skrivande på Polisutbildningen2017In: Högre Utbildning, ISSN 2000-7558, E-ISSN 2000-7558, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 35-39Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Den här texten handlar om ett högskolepedagogiskt samarbete som syftat till att skapa en ämnesintegrerad introduktion i akademiskt skrivande för polisstudenter vid Södertörns högskola. I texten beskrivs hur samarbetet har sett ut och vad som har fått introduktionen att leva kvar i programmet. Vi diskuterar utmaningar som uppstått och avslutar med några råd till den som vill genomföra liknande satsningar och samarbeten.

  • 10.
    Söderlundh, Hedda
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för nordiska språk.
    Melander, Björn
    Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för nordiska språk.
    Language beyond English - A Reply to Ulla Paatola2008In: Multiethnica. Meddelande från Centrum för multietnisk forskning, Uppsala universitet, ISSN 0284-396X, Vol. 31, p. 29-30Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Söderlundh, Hedda
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Swedish Language.
    Sörlin, Marie
    Umeå universitet.
    Myndighet och privatpersoner i dialog på Facebook: En analys av positioneringar och receptionsroller på Försäkringskassans Facebooksida Förälder2014In: Svenskans beskrivning 33: Förhandlingar vid Trettiotredje sammankomsten för svenskans beskrivning. Helsingfors den 15–17 maj 2013 / [ed] Jan Lindström, Sofie Henricson, Anna Huhtala, Pirjo Kukkonen, Hanna Lehti-Eklund & Camilla Lindholm, Helsingfors: Helsingfors universitet, 2014, Vol. 33, p. 459-469Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Söderlundh, Hedda
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Communication, Media and it, Swedish language.
    Sörlin, Marie
    Umeå universitet.
    Nyström Höög, Catharina
    Högskolan Dalarna.
    Myndigheterna har ordet.: Om kommunikation i skrift2012Book (Other academic)
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