Language Development across the Life Span

The Impact of English on Education and Work in Iceland

  • Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir
  • Hafdís Ingvarsdóttir

Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 34)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, Hafdís Ingvarsdóttir
    Pages 1-18
  3. Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir
    Pages 35-55
  4. Hafdís Ingvarsdóttir, Ásrún Jóhannsdóttir
    Pages 79-94
  5. Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir
    Pages 143-162
  6. Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, Hafdís Ingvarsdóttir
    Pages 163-178
  7. Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir, Hafdís Ingvarsdóttir
    Pages 215-222

About this book


This book offers insights from a seven-year study into the impact of English as an International Language at a national level, from the effect of rich English input on a previously monolingual people’s linguistic repertoire to its effect on the situated language use demanded of speakers who find themselves in a new linguistic environment for which they have not been prepared. The changes described in the book have occurred in a speech community that identifies strongly with the local language, but finds itself increasingly having to use another language to perform daily functions in education and work. Findings describe how the official language and educational policies have not addressed this new linguistic ecology of Iceland. The findings of these studies have larger international practical, educational, empirical, and theoretical implications and should be relevant to anyone interested in in the impact of English as an International Language.


English as an international language English language education in Nordic Countries English language education policy in Iceland Academic writing in English as a foreign language English as a second language in tertiary education English proficiency in the workplace in Iceland second language speaker proficiency

Editors and affiliations

  • Birna Arnbjörnsdóttir
    • 1
  • Hafdís Ingvarsdóttir
    • 2
  1. 1.University of IcelandReykjavikIceland
  2. 2.University of IcelandReykjavikIceland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-67803-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-67804-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1572-0292
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-1656
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