We are delighted to welcome you to the first issue of the 2019 volume of the Annual Review of Education, Communication and Language Science. Normally, ARECLS publishes only at the end of each calendar year. Towards the end of 2018, we had a rush of submissions, more than the 2018 volume could accommodate. Hence, this issue, which includes three research articles. The scope of the studies presented here is extensive, illustrating the diversity of research carried out by postgraduate students in the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. Indeed, this issue includes papers from students in cross cultural communication and media.
Here we present an overview of the papers included in this issue.
Ning Li explores how social media are used in the educational sphere and, especially in higher education institutions (HEIs) that tend to leverage social media as a means to communicate with international students, given they are the main customers in the HEI market. By employing thematic analysis (TA) to process the coding and establish themes regarding international students’ comments in social networks, findings have shown that universities intend to use social media as platform for management of information and its distribution aimed at international students. However, posts rarely focus on communication directly with students. This study is of interest to Cross Cultural Communication and Media students of ECLS and those who use thematic analysis in their research.
Sanne Tonnaer takes a critical viewpoint in her research which is concerned with the decline of children being raised in Limburgish, the regional language of the Dutch province of Limburg. This has led to Limburgish institutions presenting a manifesto arguing that this language should not be thought of and presented as inferior in Dutch as evidence has shown. By combining a Discourse Historical Approach and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to investigate the social and linguistic representation of Limburg, Limburgians and Limburgish in Dutch national media, the research results imply that Limburg and Limburgians are often represented in terms of othering and through negative stereotypes, resulting in negative attitudes towards the province and prejudice towards its inhabitants. This article will be of interest to anyone researching language ideology and using a CDA approach.
Yuemeng Lu applies questionnaire methodology and big data available on the Internet towards a ‘worldwide language ---‘Emoji’, this study interestingly separates the differences in people’s views and usage of emoji and discovered the reasons behind it. Moreover, as the research demonstrated, the interpretation of ‘emoji’ could also be affected by the complexity of the emoji itself, the different contexts and situations and individual variations. The research mainly focuses on the analysis of ‘face with tears of joy’ emoji, and attempt to explain the reason why it has become popular in recent years. Findings have shown that 8% of the participants declared that the ‘face with tears of joy’ is not the emoji list they used very often, however, on the World Emoji Day, 17th June 2018, data indicated that this emoji is still ranked third in the most used emoji on the IOS platform. This expression is enduringly popular, and even the popularity of emoji and memes is not just a superficial phenomenon. This article will be of interest to Cross Cultural Communication and Media students of ECLS.
The ARECLS Journal has been an academic voice for postgraduate students for more than 10 years and we hope this will continue, with the support of staff, student editors and the PGR community of ECLS. We would like to thank the contributors for submitting their work for publication in ARECLS. Special thanks are also extended to the editorial board’s student reviewers, in particular, for their work on this issue.
We hope you will enjoy the 1st issue of the 16th volume of ARECLS and look forward to receiving feedback. And, finally, we also would like to encourage students and members of staff to contribute to ARECLS’ 2nd issue in late 2019.
Simin Ren (Senior Student Editor) & Peter Sercombe (Editor-in-chief)