The Language Attitudes of Students of English Literature and D3 English at Maranatha Christian University toward American English, British English and Englishes in Southeast Asia, and their various contexts of use in Indonesia

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Title

The Language Attitudes of Students of English Literature and D3 English at Maranatha Christian University toward American English, British English and Englishes in Southeast Asia, and their various contexts of use in Indonesia

Author

Fenty L. Siregar

Maranatha Christian University

Abstract

It is known that a wide array of Englishes are spoken and used worldwide; therefore, knowing and using only American English or British English will not always be effective in many international contexts. The present study investigates Indonesian students’ attitudes toward American English, British English and Englishes in Southeast Asia (Philippine English, Singaporean English, and

Malaysian English), and their various contexts of use in Indonesia.

The results of some previous studies (Giles, 1970; Ryan et al. 1984, Garrett, et al. 2003, Hiraga, 2005) show that there are more positive attitudes toward types of English which have a more prestigious status. The participants of the study are 108 students of English Literature and D3 English at Maranatha Christian University in Indonesia. The study employed a semi structured interview and questionnaires. The questionnaires were written in English and were adopted from Lasagabaster’s (2004) questionnaire. 

Key words: language, attitude, English

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Category: 2010