Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Speech Pathology and Audiology

First Advisor

Yvette Hyter

Second Advisor

Sarah Summy

Third Advisor

Maria Selena Protacio


This study is an analytical comparison among perspectives about English as a nonnative language and its function in Senegal, West Africa and the U.S. Midwest. The purpose of this study is to establish a better understanding of the effects of globalization in both countries by focusing on the increasing use of the English language (Crystal, 2003) and how it is used within diverse societies. Globalization can be defined as “the interconnections of global economic, political, cultural and environmental processes that continually transform present conditions” (Steger, 2003, p.7-8).Within the context of globalization, this topic allows for a broader understanding of the attitudes regarding the English language and its function not only in the United States, but also in another continent. Using the ethnomethodology theoretical framework, the researcher conducted a literature review, observations, and ethnographic interviews in order to answer the following research questions: (1): How has globalization affected the perceptions of the process of English language learning in Senegal and the U.S. Midwest? (2) What are the perceived functions of English as a nonnative language relating to accessibility of education? The data collected from the current study were analyzed and it was concluded that English is used as an instrument to communicate across the globalized world, and that knowledge of English provides individuals with additional educational opportunities.

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Honors Thesis-Open Access

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Thesis Presentation