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.
Protests over the use of English in a civil-service exam highlight the complex role the language plays in the country's social makeup. ... Any battle against English in India is at once a battle of the poor against the rich, the village against the city, tradition against modernity and the regional elite against a more cosmopolitan elite.
Computer scientists at MIT and Israel's Technion have discovered an unexpected source of information about the world's languages: the habits of native speakers of those languages when writing in English. ...
The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) proposal on foreign language requirements has been criticised as “utopian” and impractical. [...] The qualification tests caused a shock to society: only 3 percent of high school teachers and 7 percent of primary & secondary school teachers meet the CEFR standards. Meanwhile, 17 percent of primary school teachers were found meeting the A1 level for beginners.
A 2013 report on Korea by McKinsey & Company found that a typical middle class family shells out up to $100,000 per child on education fees, even before the costs of extra English education at one of the many English academies prevalent in Korea. ... The most damning fact from the McKinsey report was the revelation that high school graduates will earn more over their work life compared with college graduates because of the late entry of the latter group into the workforce. A 2012 survey conducted by the Korea Employment Information Service, found that the average age of new office workers in Korea was a staggering 33.2 years old for men (up from 27.3 in 2008) and 28.6 for females.
Nicos Sifakis's insight:
Sadly, this is not the case only in South Korea, but in other countries of the Expanding Circle as well...
Browse Oxford 3000 word list from a to almost in English Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com. The Oxford 3000 key words are the words that are the most important and useful vocabulary words for learners of American English to know.
The Istiqlal’s Secretary General Hamid Chabat has stated that English is the language of the modern time in all world countries, and that its status must be promoted to be the first foreign language for Moroccans. Along with Chabat, prominent social activist and businessman Noureddine Ayouch called in various political and media meetings for English to be introduced early in public schooling. Needless to say, these calls have demonstrated the importance of English in today’s world. . . .
It is more important to comprehend scriptures than merely read them with no understanding, say youngsters. This is the reason why over the years and especially during Ramzan, Islamic readings in various languages and particularly English is on the rise. "Though I am not proud of the fact that I don't know Arabic but for the time being till I complete my Board examinations, I prefer to get to know more about Islam either via books available in English or while surfing the different religious websites," said Aman Raza, a student.
After last week’s launch of the National English Program one can conclude that Colombia is finally raising consciousness and awareness about the importance and relevance of language proficiency in our society, especially of the English language.
One of Germany’s top universities wants to ditch German and switch almost all of its master’s programmes to English in the next six years, prompting fears that the academic standing of the German language is under serious threat.
Controllers still communicate principally with voice but what is called Controller Pilot Data Link Communications, or CPDLC, is gaining ground. ... English is the international language of air traffic communication but occasionally messages can be garbled due to accents or imperfect understanding. Texts minimize the problem.
When, back in 1989, the Netherlands education minister suggested more university courses in English, public outrage caused parliament to pass a law making Dutch the official language of education. Yet the Netherlands is now Europe’s biggest non-Anglophone provider of university courses taught in English; it is used in most masters degrees in life sciences, engineering and economics, though to a limited extent in BA courses and MAs in applied subjects.
Two billion people worldwide claim to speak English, 85% of multi-nationals use English as their language of business and 79% of international HR directors look for English proficiency when recruiting. And yet until today, there has never been a globally recognised standard in English - no single way of recognising and quantifying the level of an individual's English. Keeping this in mind, Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has unveiled . . .
The concern of our students in schools and institutions of higher learning with a poor command of the English language, both written and spoken, has resurfaced with calls made to the government to see if the language can be prioritised before another generation suffers the same fate of the previous generation.