Language Behaviors Sygnifying Lecturers’ Social Identity In The Business English Teaching Context

Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on Modern Approaches in Humanities and Social sciences

Year: 2022

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Language Behaviors Sygnifying Lecturers’ Social Identity In The Business English Teaching Context

Buskivadze Khatuna

 

ABSTRACT: 

The present study aims to investigate the socio- and applied linguistic functions and frequency of lecturers’ language behaviors (code-switching (CS), code-mixing (CM), and translanguaging) in terms of showing lecturers’ social identity in Georgian educational discourse, namely, in teaching Business English (ESP) at the university level. An examination of Georgian discursive peculiarities is a novel addition to this field of research, as there are very few studies focusing on Georgian lecturers’ language behaviors in ESP. Both, quantitative and qualitative research methods are used to better illustrate the functions of using CS, CM, and translanguaging in ESP (lecturers’ recorded lessons (70 hours of ESP). Surprisingly, in contrast to previous studies’ findings, we found that the Georgian and English languages are equally used for informal/formal purposes. Both languages are used to express solidarity in the classroom conversations. The given study is a unique example, in which both, English and Georgian are used as marked/unmarked (“We-code”, “They-code”) choice, while in the previous studies L1 was only considered as “we-code” and a foreign language (English) was only regarded as “they code”. Within 70 hours of recordings (ESP), 120 cases of code-switching, 30 cases of code-mixing, and 5 case of translanguaging, planned use of L1, were detected, generally used in teaching vocabulary.

keywords: ESP, Code-switching, Code-mixing, Translanguaging, Social identity.