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English as an international lingua franca in education
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English as a lingua franca -- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

English as a lingua franca -- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

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.

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The term 'English as a lingua franca (ELF)' is ambiguous since it equates English as the language of global communication in the period of globalization with other international languages (like French, German, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin etc) which function as lingua francas in limited areas. Therefore, the more correct term would be 'English as the global lingua franca (EGLF)' to emphasize the uniqueness of the phenomenon. The failure to recognize English as the global lingua franca as a new phenomenon distinct from many national varieties, and particularly from the US and UK national standards, leads to the continued educational practicies when English is still taught as a foreign language (EFL), which promotes the linguistic and cultural domination and gives grounds to the theories of linguistic and cultural imperialism.

The acquisition by English at the turn of the 20th century of the global status has taken the world by storm, and, as a result, while the fact of the globalization of English is widely recognized, its standard is still in the process of formation, which, in its turn, creates difficulties in language learning and teaching.    

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ELF students differ dramatically from domestic students in how they use English language skills throughout their graduate studies.

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English language learning represents 6% of tourist arrivals – Edward Zammit Lewis - The Malta Independent

English language learning represents 6% of tourist arrivals – Edward Zammit Lewis - The Malta Independent | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
English language learning in Malta is a significant tourism market segment which nowadays represents close to 6% of our tourist arrivals. Because of the typically longer length of stay, this equates
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ELF7 Colloquium: Yasemin Bayyurt - YouTube

ELF- Aware Teacher Education: PART A: Theoretical Considerations of ELF-aware teacher education Speakers:Yasemin Bayyurt & Nicos Sifakis, Enric Llurda, Marti...
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How English became language of science

How English became language of science | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

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.

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How did English become the language of science?

How did English become the language of science? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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.
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HENRY WIDDOWSON at ELF7 CONFERENCE: - YouTube

OPENING SESSION ELF and the Pragmatics of Language Variation
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ELF7 Conference - Elana Shohamy- Plenary Talk - YouTube

ELF7 Conference: Critical Language Testing and English Lingua Franca. How can one help the other?
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Teach English, not Russian in Ukraine schools: president

Teach English, not Russian in Ukraine schools: president | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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.
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Ghana calls an end to tyrannical reign of the Queen's English

Ghana calls an end to tyrannical reign of the Queen's English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Voice of colonialism gives way to local form of English that's 'flexible and fun' as opposed to giving language 'a good beating'
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Tuning in to learn how English-sounding Haruki Murakami reads in English - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Tuning in to learn how English-sounding Haruki Murakami reads in English - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

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?

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Why German newspapers are publishing in English

Why German newspapers are publishing in English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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?
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Could Latin species names die out? Rules change to allow English descriptions - Telegraph

Could Latin species names die out? Rules change to allow English descriptions - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The International Botanical Congress has ruled that descriptions in Latin are an ‘irrelevant anachronism’ and should now be written in English
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ELT NEWS - Nicos Sifakis talks about teaching English as a Lingua Franca

ELT NEWS - Nicos Sifakis talks about teaching English as a Lingua Franca | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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Central European leaders speak (some) English

Central European leaders speak (some) English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
English is not as easy as the language’s native speakers might like to believe
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Fluency in English boosts confidence for international communication — Borneo, Malaysia

Fluency in English boosts confidence for international communication — Borneo, Malaysia | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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ELF7 CONFERENCE: LUCILLA LOPRIORE AND PAOLA VETTOREL - YouTube

COLLOQUIUM: ELF Aware Classroom Practices and Teaching Materials: Issues and New Perspectives in ELT

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Jack Mezirow, Who Transformed the Field of Adult Learning, Dies at 91 | TC Media Center

Jack Mezirow, Who Transformed the Field of Adult Learning, Dies at 91 | TC Media Center | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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Mezirow's transformative learning theory is the cornerstone of ELF-aware teacher education.

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What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair

What’s wrong with English education in Japan? Pull up a chair | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
When you speak to foreign English educators in Japan, one thing becomes crystal clear: English education in Japan isn’t working.…
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Nicos Sifakis - ELF7 Conference Plenary Talk - YouTube

ELF7 Conference Plenary Talk Towards a Transformative ELF-Aware Education: Challenges and Opportunities for Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education.
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ELF7 CONFERENCE: LUCILLA LOPRIORE AND PAOLA VETTOREL - YouTube

COLLOQUIUM: ELF Aware Classroom Practices and Teaching Materials: Issues and New Perspectives in ELT
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War of the words: the global conflict that helped shape our language

War of the words: the global conflict that helped shape our language | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Gary Nunn: From genocide and kamikaze to radar and spam, the second world war had a dramatic effect on English
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ELF7 interview: getting started with ELF

ELF7 interview: getting started with ELF | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
ELF Pron recently had the pleasure of attending and presenting at ELF7, the 7th annual international conference of English as a Lingua Franca, which was held from 4-6 September 2014 in Athens, Gree...
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Finland: English dominance worries language teachers

Finland: English dominance worries language teachers | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Educators are focusing on practical instruction to boost conversational skills, and they are encouraging Finns to learn languages like French, German and Swedish.
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English will fragment into 'global dialects' - Telegraph

English will fragment into 'global dialects' - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Traditional English is set to fragment into a multitude of dialects as it spreads around the world, a language expert claims.
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Computer games give a boost to English

Computer games give a boost to English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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, ...
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Kiev Launches English-Language TV Channel Ukraine Today

Kiev Launches English-Language TV Channel Ukraine Today | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

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.

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