In today's globalised economy, English has been chosen as the
official language of many companies also in non-English speaking
countries, such as Finland. Having one common language is
practical, but it can also make one wonder whether the employees
with limited English skills are in a disadvantaged position at
their workplace. This Master's Thesis discusses the use of English
in a technology centre of a global company in Finland. The research
participants are employees of this company, with limited English
skills. The study answers the questions: "In what kinds of
situations do the Finnish professionals encounter English at work?"
and "What kind of attitudes do the Finnish professionals have
towards the use of English in Finnish working life?." This study
illustrates the effects of globalisation of economy on the
individual by showing what it is like to use English in your
workplace with only limited English skills. The results show that
the research participants meet and actively use English almost
daily in various situations, and that their attitudes towards
English are complex.
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