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Divided by a Common Language: A Survey-Based Analysis of the Linguistic Norm in the EFL Classroom in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation

Schroyen, Nicolas ULiège
Promotor(s) : Brems, Lieselotte ULiège ; Simons, Germain ULiège
Date of defense : 25-Aug-2021/4-Sep-2021 • Permalink :
Title : Divided by a Common Language: A Survey-Based Analysis of the Linguistic Norm in the EFL Classroom in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation
Translated title : [fr] Divisés par une même langue : enquête sur la norme linguistique dans le cours d'anglais langue étrangère en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
Author : Schroyen, Nicolas ULiège
Date of defense  : 25-Aug-2021/4-Sep-2021
Advisor(s) : Brems, Lieselotte ULiège
Simons, Germain ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Rasier, Laurent ULiège
Language : English
Number of pages : 117
Keywords : [en] reference norm
[en] British English
[en] American English
[en] TEFL
[en] EFL
[en] French-speaking Belgium
[en] linguistic norm
[fr] norme de référence
[fr] anglais britannique
[fr] anglais américain
[fr] anglais langue étrangère
[fr] Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles
[fr] norme linguistique
Discipline(s) : Arts & humanities > Languages & linguistics
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology > Education & instruction
Target public : Researchers
Professionals of domain
General public
Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en langues et lettres modernes, orientation germaniques, à finalité didactique
Faculty: Master thesis of the Faculté de Philosophie et Lettres


[en] In an era where English has several standard varieties, British English has been considered the reference norm for teaching English as a foreign language in Europe for several hundred years. With the advent of globalisation and the cultural influence of the United States, it seems necessary to examine the current state of this norm in the education system in French-speaking Belgium, but also the attitudes displayed by those in the education system who could uphold the state of the linguistic norm. This dissertation investigates the reference norm of EFL in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, with a choice between the two predominant standard varieties: British English and American English. The analysis was conducted both quantitatively, through a sociolinguistic survey carried out among (student) teachers, and qualitatively by means of interviews with inspectors, educational advisors and professors who could have an influence on the variety of English promoted and learned in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.



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  • Schroyen, Nicolas ULiège Université de Liège > Master lang. & lettres mod., or. germ. à fin.


Committee's member(s)

  • Rasier, Laurent ULiège Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de langues modernes : ling., litt. et trad. > Langue et linguistique néerlandaises
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