Associate Professor (Docent)

Room: E892
Telephone: +46 (0)8 16 46 40

beyza.bjorkman@english.su.se

Beyza Björkman was educated at Stockholm University, where she received a Ph.D. in 2010 with a dissertation entitled “Spoken Lingua Franca English at a Swedish Technical University: An investigation of form and communicative effectiveness”. She received a grant from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) in November 2010 for post-doctoral work and was affiliated with Roskilde University CALPIU research center (Cultural and Linguistic Practices in the International University) for a short period.

Since 2005, she has been doing research on the use of English as the medium of instruction in Swedish higher education. Her general research interests include the use of English as a lingua franca for academic purposes, spoken academic discourse in general, academic literacy, linguistic equality, language change and language policy. Her most current research on ELF focused on the pragmatic aspects of English as a lingua franca as the medium of instruction, focusing on polyadic lingua franca speech in student-student interaction. More recently, she has published on language policy work at Swedish universities, focusing on actual language practices vs language management and planning issues, as well as attitudes towards the use of English as manifested in language policy documents in Swedish higher education. She is currently doing research on the spoken genre of PhD supervisor-PhD student interactions in supervision meetings.

Beyza’s teaching through the years has focused primarily on English for Specific/Academic Purposes (ESP/EAP), especially writing for publication for post-graduate students and researchers. She also teaches courses on English as a lingua franca, sociolinguistics, and world Englishes, among others.

 

Publications

Forthcoming. “Morphosyntactic variation in spoken English as a Lingua Franca interactions: Revisiting linguistic variety”. In Dewey, M., Baker, W, and Jenkins, J. (Eds.). Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca. Routledge.

Soler-Carbonell, J., Björkman, B., & Kuteeva, M. (2017). ”University language policies in Estonia and Sweden: Exploring the interplay between English and national languages in higher education”. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Communication. 10.1080/01434632.2017.1307844.

2017. “PhD supervision meetings in an English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) setting: linguistic competence and content knowledge as neutralizers of institutional and academic power”. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 6(1). 111-139.

2016d. “English as a Lingua Franca in the business domain (BELF)”. In Linn et al. English in Europe (Volume 5): contexts and agendas. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

2016c. “Policies in the European Higher Education Arena”. In Linn et al. English in Europe (Volume 5): contexts and agendas. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

2016b. “English-medium instruction and English as the lingua franca in Higher Education in central and northern Europe”. In Marie-Luise Pitzl and Ruth Osimk-Dale (Eds.) English as a Lingua Franca: Perspective and Prospects. In Trends in Applied Linguistics (TAL) series eds. Ulrike Jessner and Claire Kramsh. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton..

2016a. “PhD adviser and student interactions as a spoken academic genre”. In Hyland, K. and Shaw, P. (Eds.). 348-361. The Routledge handbook of English for Academic Purposes. Routledge.

2015c. Review of David Deterding, Misunderstandings in English as a Lingua Franca. An Analysis of ELF Interactions in South-East Asia. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 4(2). 385-389.

2015b. “PhD supervisor-PhD student interactions in an English-medium Higher Education (HE) setting: Expressing disagreement”. European Journal for Applied Linguistics (EUJAL). 3(2). doi 10.1515/eujal-2015-0011

2015a. “Attitudes towards English in university language policy documents in Sweden”. In A. Linn, N. Bermel, G. Ferguson and C. Hadjidemetriou (Eds.). English in Europe: Opportunity or Threat? Volume 1: Attitudes towards English in Europe. Mouton de Gruyter.

2014b. “Language ideology or language practice? An analysis of language policy documents at Swedish universities”. Multilingua 33 (3/4). 335-365. Special issue: English in the Language Ecology of “high proficiency” European countries.

2014a. “An analysis of polyadic English as a lingua franca (ELF) speech: A communicative strategies framework”. Journal of Pragmatics 66. 122-138.

2013e. “Peer assessment of spoken lingua franca English in tertiary education in Sweden: Criterion-referenced versus norm-referenced assessment”. In Johannesson, N.L., Melchers, G., and Björkman, B. (Eds.). Of Butterflies and Birds, of Dialects and Genres: Essays in Honour of Philip Shaw. 109-123. Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis.

2013d. Review of Anna Mauranen, Exploring ELF. Academic English Shaped by Non-native Speakers. English Language Teaching Journal 67(4). 494-497.

2013c. English as an Academic Lingua Franca. Developments in English as a Lingua Franca series. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter Mouton.

            Reviews:          

            Soler-Carbonell, J. 2013. Review of  English as an Academic Lingua Franca.
            An Investigation of Form and Communicative Effectiveness
, by Beyza
            Björkman. The Linguist List.

            Kaur, J. 2014. Review of  Misunderstandings in English as a Lingua Franca.
            An Analysis of ELF Interactions in South-East Asia
, by David Deterding and
            English as an Academic Lingua Franca: An Investigation of Form and
            Communicative Effectiveness
, by Beyza Björkman. ELT Journal 68 (4): 
            478-482. doi:10.1093/elt/ccu047

2013b. Review of Philippe Van Parijs, Linguistic  Justice for Europe and for the World. International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 26(3). 356-357.

2013a. “The grammar of English as a lingua franca”. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, Chapelle, C.A (Ed.). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

2012b. “Questions in academic ELF interaction”. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 1(1). 93–119.

2012a. “Investigating English as a lingua franca in applied science education: Aims, methods, findings and implications”. In Petersen, M. and Engberg, J. (Eds.). Current Trends in LSP Research. Aims and Methods. 163–186. Bern: Peter Lang.

2011c. “English as a lingua franca in higher education: Implications for EAP”. Ibérica. Special Issue on EAP in Parallel-language and ELF Settings.

            Reproduced by Routledge:
            Björkman, B. 2015. “English as a lingua franca in higher education: Implications
            for EAP”. In Basturkmen, B (Ed.). 2015. English for academic purposes: Critical

            concepts in linguistics. Routledge.

2011b. “The pragmatics of English as a lingua franca in the international university: Introduction”. Journal of Pragmatics 43(4). Special issue on the pragmatics of English as a lingua franca. 923–925.

2011a. “Pragmatic strategies in English as an academic lingua franca: Ways of achieving communicative effectiveness”. Journal of Pragmatics 43(4). 950–964.

2010b. “So You Think You Can ELF: English as a Lingua Franca as the Medium of Instruction”. Hermes 45. 77–99. http://download2.hermes.asb.dk/archive/2010/Hermes45.html

2010a. Spoken lingua franca English at a Swedish technical university: An investigation of form and communicative effectiveness. Unpublished PhD thesis. Stockholm University, Department of English. More info (pdf).

2009b. “From code to discourse in spoken ELF”. In Mauranen, A. and Ranta, E. (Eds.). English as a Lingua Franca: Studies and findings. 225–254. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press. 

2009a. “English as a Lingua Franca at a Swedish Technical University: An Effective Medium?” Proceedings of the Annual BALEAP Conference: 'EAP in a globalising world: English as an academic lingua franca‘. Bern: Peter Lang.

2008c. “English as the Lingua Franca of Engineering: The morphosyntax of academic speech events”. Nordic Journal of English Studies 7(3). 103–122. http://ojs.ub.gu.se/ojs/index.php/njes/article/view/154

2008b. “'So where we are': Spoken lingua franca English at a Swedish technical university”. English Today 24(2). 11–17.

2008a. “'We' and 'you': pronouns and genre competence in oral technical descriptions”. In Lainio, J., & Leppänen, A. (Eds.), Linguistic Diversity and Sustainable Development. 89–109. Swedish Science Press. 

 

Editorial activity

Co-editor (with chief editor N-L. Johannesson and co-editor Gunnel Melchers). Of Butterflies and Birds, of Dialects and Genres: Essays in Honour of Philip Shaw. 109-123. Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis.

Guest editor. Journal of Pragmatics 43(4). Special Issue entitled ‘Pragmatics of English as a Lingua Franca at the International University’. 

 

 Conference papers (peer-reviewed) (39 Kb)

 

On English as a Lingua Franca

Listen to this BBC interview (Word of Mouth) for general information on English as a lingua franca:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b013q210/Word_of_Mouth_English_As_a_Lingua_Franca/