Foreign academic researchers in the basque country with a focus on multilingualismlanguage and intercultural competences, beliefs, and practices

  1. Ozogul, Ozge
Supervised by:
  1. Miren Jasone Cenoz Iragui Director
  2. Durk Gorter Director

Defence university: Universidad del País Vasco - Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea

Fecha de defensa: 24 February 2021

  1. Juan Etxeberria Murgiondo Chair
  2. Francisco Gallardo del Puerto Secretary
  3. María Pilar Safont Jordà Committee member
  1. Ciencias de la Educación

Type: Thesis

Teseo: 153926 DIALNET lock_openADDI editor


This thesis focuses on the multilingualism of foreign academic researchers in academic workplaces and in the wider Basque society. Academic workplaces are by default international and multilingual, and languages and cultures brought to the Basque Country by foreign researchers add further to the richness of this bilingual region. Although English is used as lingua franca in academia, other languages are used by academics depending on who they interact with, the context, and the activities. The aim is to investigate foreign researchers¿ languages, and how foreign researchers, use their languages, how mobility, language learning and intercultural encounters shape their intercultural competences, their opinions about languages, and to learn about their cultural experiences in the Basque Country. In order to study a group of foreign researchers as multilinguals, the `Focus on Multilingualism¿ approach developed by Cenoz and Gorter (2011, 2017) has been adapted as the principal framework. The thesis demonstrates the relationships between multilingualism and intercultural competence. The profile of the foreign researchers shows that they are all thoroughly multilingual speakers, who also are highly intercultural competent, who in general have positive attitudes towards various languages.