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ERIC Number: EJ977736
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Code Switching in the Classroom: A Case Study of Economics and Management Students at the University of Sfax, Tunisia
Bach Baoueb, Sallouha Lamia; Toumi, Naouel
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v11 n4 p261-282 2012
This case study explores the motivations for code switching (CS) in the interactions of Tunisian students at the faculty of Economics and Management in Sfax, Tunisia. The study focuses on students' (EMSs) classroom conversations and out-of-classroom peer interactions. The analysis of the social motivations of EMSs' CS behaviour shows that classroom conversations are teacher controlled and that CS instances are mostly uttered for clarification or to enhance participation. The switches are motivated by the students' low abilities in French enhanced by the unstable linguistic situation of Tunisia after the Arabisation process. However, out-of-classroom conversations are mostly uncontrolled, unless in the presence of out-group members. All types of CS encountered explain the motivations for the emergence of an unconscious monolect as a means of interaction among in-group members. This monolect is set to achieve communicative goals where more importance is given to the message and less significance to the code. (Contains 2 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tunisia