This site points to interesting papers and materials related to the description of English as an international lingua franca, with an emphasis on teaching, learning, assessment, curriculum design, implementation and evaluation, and teacher education.
English as a lingua franca (ELF) can be defined as “an additionally acquired language system which serves as a common means of communication for speakers of different first languages”. Here's the Wikipedia entry for ELF.
Two Norwegian scientists have won the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine - for work published in the English language. Historian of science Michael Gordin explains why they wrote in the language of Dickens and Twain rather than Ibsen and Hamsun.
It's Nobel Prize season. While scientists throughout the world will be awarded this prestigious prize, there's a good chance all of their research was written up in English. Michael Gordin, a professor of the history of science at Princeton, wrote a new book, "Scientific Babel" that explores the intersection of the history of language and science.
Lviv (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday risked further angering the Kremlin by suggesting that English lessons replace Russian ones in schools to improve the country's standard of living.
Native speakers of English obviously have little problem gliding through translations of Haruki Murakami’s silky prose. But what of Japanese readers curious to see how their country’s most famous literary export reads in the world’s lingua franca?
Much of the internet-facilitated cross-border media expansion of recent years has come from English language publications tapping English speakers in foreign markets or launching localised versions of their operations with the help of local partners. Are Die Zeit and co making a play for the global English-speaking audiences - and ad revenue - being chased by English language legacy and new media alike?
If you want to make a mark in the world of computer games you had better have a good English vocabulary. It has now also been scientifically proven that someone who is good at computer games has a larger English vocabulary. This is revealed by a study at the University of Gothenburg and Karlstad University, ...
Ukraine's international television channel Ukraine Today launches an English-language satellite broadcast on Sunday, the national Independence Day. ... Ukraine Today will serve as Ukraine's answer to Russia's analogous channel RT (Russia Today), which broadcasts news primarily about Russia to foreign audiences in several languages.