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Living in Poland in narrative accounts of international students
Living in Poland in narrative accounts of international students

Author(s): Emilia Wąsikiewicz-Firlej, Anna Szczepaniak-Kozak, Hadrian Lankiewicz
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Foreign languages learning
Published by: Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji
Keywords: intercultural communication; multilingualism; local language; English language; lingua franca; narrative interview
Summary/Abstract: The monograph focuses on the interrelations between language and intercultural communication, with particular emphasis on the importance of foreign language skills in shaping positive personal, professional and educational experiences of students during longer stays abroad, mainly within the Erasmus+ programme. The authors present a critical perspective on the understanding of the role of English as a lingua franca in intercultural relations and highlight the key role of the local language (in this case, Polish) in the processes of conversational control and social integration. The monograph begins with a literature review that focuses on the types of motivations underlying the decision to go or stay abroad and invest in learning the local language. In the next chapter, the authors focus on methodological aspects of narrative research in the context of intercultural communication. The theoretical part is followed by the presentation of the findings of a study based on a narrative interview, which over the course of two years (2018–2019) involved 53 respondents – representatives of 24 countries, who share the experience of an extended stay in Poland for educational or professional purposes. Contrary to popular belief, the research revealed that English is not sufficient to function abroad successfully. The results indicate that people who decide to stay abroad for a longer period should invest in learning the local language, which sooner or later becomes a medium of deep intercultural communication in terms of positioning themselves, building relationships and increasing their cultural and linguistic resources.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-83-66515-78-9
  • Page Count: 180
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Language: English