Maurizio Gotti

Cooperative Meaning-Making Strategies in ELF University Courses

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Keywords: ELF; University Courses; Communicative Strategies; Cooperative Work.

The present paper examines data derived from courses on Marketing Management and European Tourism Law offered by the University of Bergamo, taught by experts coming from various (mainly non-native English speaking) countries and attended by students from different linguacultural backgrounds. The paper outlines the main strategies employed by both lecturers and students in the realization of their communicative efforts. In particular, it discusses the strategies adopted by lecturers to overcome the difficulties of comprehension experienced by their students, as well as the constructive work carried out by learners to help their teachers in the explanation of specific topics. The data presented highlights a high degree of cooperativeness on both sides when they interact among themselves so as to guarantee a successful outcome of the specialized communication in which they are involved.

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