International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online)

Exploring Armenian University English Language Teachers’ Attitudes towards English and Their Awareness of English as a Lingua Franca
Iren Hovhannisyan

Abstract
This paper reports on the findings of a study conducted among six Armenian university teachers of English, and in particular it aims at examining the teachers‟ awareness of the latest developments related to the body of work on English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), their own exposure to ELF, as well as their opinion about their students‟ exposure to ELF. What is more, in this study, we tried to unveil whether the Armenian university context could be characterized as a multicultural educational setting, also the teachers „attitudes towards English, and finally the role and function of English alongside other foreign languages (FLs) in Armenian university. The paper presents the educational milieu and the level of internationalization of Armenia which sets against background of the study. A questionnaire and online interviews with the teachers were used as main research tools. The findings of the study are believed to shed light upon attitudes towards and beliefs about ELF in a dynamically developing Expanding circle country.

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