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A beginner (me)'s guide to English as a lingua franca

A beginner (me)'s guide to English as a lingua franca | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
August 16th. This date is heavily circled with red ink on my desktop calendar. It's probably not far from having "FREEDOM!" scribbled on the days that come after it either. Regular readers may have...
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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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Vlad Rassypninsky's curator insight, April 17, 2013 12:43 AM

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 as a Lingua Franca.

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Why English-speaking Countries Want Multilingual Apps - OneSky

Why English-speaking Countries Want Multilingual Apps - OneSky | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Let’s say you have an app. It’s specifically designed for users in the USA, or the UK, or some other country where English is primary language. In an English-dominated market, translation is probably the furthest thing from your mind. After all, why would you bother to translate an app into another language when it’s targeted to pizza-lovers in Chicago, or grocery shoppers in Scotland? Fair question. And the answer might be unexpected. Even if you never plan to go overseas, Read more
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How Brazil Plans to Teach a Million People English Before the Rio Olympics | WIRED

How Brazil Plans to Teach a Million People English Before the Rio Olympics | WIRED | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Enio Ohmaye credits his success to the fact that he learned English at an early age. Now, he's working to ensure other young Brazilians have the same opportunity.
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Changi Airport announcements in English only?

Changi Airport announcements in English only? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
I had no choice but to approach the information counter and asked the staff if they could help to make an announcement in Mandarin to help locate my missing brother-in-law, who does not understand a word of English.

The counter staff replied that they were not able to do so as they are only allowed to make announcements in English. I was flabbergasted and I asked the staff why, since Chinese is an official language of Singapore as well. Her reply came swift and matter-of-fact: “No, English is THE official language of Singapore.” And she reiterated it more than once.
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Vietnam considers using CEFR-V standard for English teaching - News VietNamNet

Vietnam considers using CEFR-V standard for English teaching - News VietNamNet | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Linguists and educators believe that it is necessary to create a local CEFR-V, that is, a Vietnamese version of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, a set of standards used in teaching of English in Vietnam.

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The Problem With The English Language In India

The Problem With The English Language In India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
BY SAHITH AULA - Many states have attempted to make English the medium of instruction for all schools in an attempt to assuage the demands of the poor--however, the shortage of teachers who can even speak English is surreal. All of this while the vast majority is able to communicate in their respective mother tongues.
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Ukraina.ru Launches an English-Language Version

Ukraina.ru Launches an English-Language Version | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Ukraina.ru will launch an English version of their online news and analysis resource on October 30.
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Pakistan's Taliban Launches 'Quality' English-Language Magazine - NBC News

Pakistan's Taliban Launches 'Quality' English-Language Magazine - NBC News | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — There's a new terrorism title in the increasingly crowded field of glossy propaganda publications. Al Qaeda has "Inspire" and "Resurgence," the Afghan Taliban has "Al-Somood" and now Pakistan's Taliban has submitted its own English-language magazine to the pile of jihadi militant periodicals. . . .

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Nigeria: How Nigerian English May Cause You to Be Mistaken for a 419 Email Scammer

Nigeria: How Nigerian English May Cause You to Be Mistaken for a 419 Email Scammer | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Have you ever sent an email to someone or some people in the United States, Canada, Britain or some other English-speaking Western country and didn't get a response? Well, it is entirely possible that your email didn't even make it to their inbox. If it did, it is also possible that certain uniquely Nigerian expressions in your email that were popularized in the West by Nigerian email scam artists triggered a scam alarm and caused you to be ignored. What are these "419 English" expressions that are like waving a red flag in front of a bull in the West?

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Clearly, "the West" needs some serious ELF-aware training, and fast.

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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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English word is Danish word of the year

English word is Danish word of the year | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Many suggested words were English or based on English-language concepts
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The fate of a global language

The fate of a global language | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Notions like ‘Globish’ have been suggested, proposing an artificially reduced and lexically impoverished code for international communication. This represents what I call ‘language implosion’ – English getting reduced to just bare bones properties, few words, simple structures.

Inadvertently, this intention prolongs a long line-up of failed attempts at constructing artificial languages or simplified Englishes, from ‘Anglic’ to ‘Basic English’. At first sight this may seem a useful notion – but I am positive it is not. It suffers from the same mistaken prescriptive attitude that sometimes wishes to eradicate dialects and ‘bastardized’ usage.

Languages work and evolve in communication; normally they cannot be engineered.
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Japan sending students to Indian schools to speak fluent English - Firstpost

Japan sending students to Indian schools to speak fluent English - Firstpost | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The NYT article also noted that Japan, like India, wants its 2-year-old pupils to count upto to 20, 3-year-olds to be introduced to computers, and 5-year-olds to learn to multiply.
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In case anyone is wondering about the PISA successes of these countries...

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Schools 'should scrap dedicated English lessons' - Telegraph

Schools 'should scrap dedicated English lessons' - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
A teacher from a leading private school suggests axing English lessons, insisting that children should be allowed to learn language skills "by accident" instead
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Adults in Denmark are the Best English Speakers in the World, According to the EF EPI

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Global survey of 750,000 adults across 63 countries and territories shows the state of worldwide English proficiency. Interesting results. The full survey here: http://www.ef.com/epi/.

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Prof. Juliane House's talk at Free Linguistics Conference 2014 - YouTube

"English as a global lingua franca: a threat to other languages, intercultural communication and translation?" by Prof. Juliane House, September 2014 More Fr...
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Mapping London's 'Tube Tongues'

Mapping London's 'Tube Tongues' | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
An interactive map shows what languages—apart from English—are most spoken at each underground stop.
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Comment: How English would be improved by adding the exclusive 'we'

Comment: How English would be improved by adding the exclusive 'we' | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

If you were redesigning English, and you could make it do anything that any other language in the world does, what would you change? In the video below, YouTuber Tom Scott talks about four fantastic features in other languages that he wishes were found in English.

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Here's an interesting video to use with your class. Different learners can do different things with it (keep the input the same but differentiate tasks) -- any ideas?

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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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