The Spread of English and Its Appropriation.

A Global, a European and an Austrian Perspective.


Magister Thesis (English and American Studies) by

Daniel Spichtinger.


Diplomarbeit (Anglistik & Amerikanistik) von

Daniel Spichtinger.


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Table of Contents


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Structural Outline

Part 1. A Global Perspective (Conclusion and Summary) (updated!)

Bibliography for Part 1

Link List for Part 1

Part 2: A European Perspective (Conclusion and Summary)(updated!)

Bibliography for Part 2

Link List for Part 2

Part 3a: An Austrian Perspective: English in the education system

Part 3b: An Austrian Perspective: English at the university and beyond (includes a summary of the findings from the microstudy) (short version). (updated!)

Bibliography for Part 3 (updated!)

Teaching English as an International Language (TEIL): an outline (updated!)

Conclusion (updated!)


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