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South Korea hadn't stopped English from coming, it came just the same

South Korea hadn't stopped English from coming, it came just the same | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

South Korea’s ban on early English education seeks to protect the Korean language in the face of what looks like an impending wave of English-speaking Korean children. The South Korean government seems willing to sacrifice an economic edge for the sake of cultural integrity. But South Korea’s citizens aren’t willing to go along; they refuse to have their culture legislated and they insist on raising a generation of children that can go to American colleges and listen to Americanized music.

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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.    

Loredana Carson's curator insight, April 29, 2013 12:11 AM

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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Language Expert Warns Against "Foreignization" Under Globalization

Language Expert Warns Against "Foreignization" Under Globalization | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Chan Virak said an increasing number are using English or Chinese. Without a careful policy, there is a danger of “foreignization” of Cambodian values.
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Mother tongue and English have their place

Mother tongue and English have their place | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Many parents in Kenya would approve if their children learnt mother tongue, but they definitely feel better if the children learnt English and Kiswahili.

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In Cambodia, English Classes More Popular Than Chinese

In Cambodia, English Classes More Popular Than Chinese | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
In a small courtyard in downtown Phnom Penh sits the city’s oldest public school. Founded more than 100 years ago, Tuan Hoa features a Chinese temple and Mandarin language instruction for its ...
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Experts consider impact of English as global language of instruction | InsideHigherEd

Experts consider impact of English as global language of instruction | InsideHigherEd | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Kaschula, a professor of African language studies at Rhodes University, in South Africa, said he wanted to challenge one of the “myths” about English instruction: “that one must choose one language of instruction.” Kaschula said he doesn't doubt that English is increasingly being used at universities all over the world by students and faculty members for whom it is not a first language -- and that the trend will continue. But he said that there is no reason that this must be at the expense of local languages.
His was among a number of comments at a panel here at Going Global, the annual international education meeting of the British Council, that suggested that many of the issues about the rise of global academic English have been oversimplified or ignored.

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How English speakers won and lost the war of words: Larry Wilson

How English speakers won and lost the war of words: Larry Wilson | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

In France, 99.4 percent of students take significant amounts of English by secondary school. It’s 100 percent in the Czech Republic and, yes, the Netherlands, and mostly over 90 percent elsewhere in Europe (for the slackers in Hungary, it’s just 78 percent, and in Portugal for some probably political reason, 47 percent, by far the lowest on the continent).

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Pro Malaysia: English as lingua franca gives Singapore a fighting chance

Pro Malaysia: English as lingua franca gives Singapore a fighting chance | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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Research: Video games driving English language skills; other languages suffer

Research: Video games driving English language skills; other languages suffer | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Research has shown that students who spend time playing online computer or console games reap an added benefit – good grades in English. The study by Helsinki University research student Olli Uuskoski shows that boys in particular tend to enjoy a big payoff, since they can more often be found with a game controller in hand than girls. As English grows in popularity among students, other languages are being left behind.
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Yet another study that can be used in support of the view that, in Expanding Circle contexts, English is not really a foreign language (in the sense that other "major" languages, such as German, French, etc are).

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Moscow Introduces English-Speaking "Tourist Police" to Assist Sightseers / Sputnik International

Moscow Introduces English-Speaking "Tourist Police" to Assist Sightseers / Sputnik International | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The Moscow section of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs has created a special detachment of police officers to assist visitors in the nation's capital.
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Bill Gates: I feel stupid for only speaking English - CNET

Bill Gates: I feel stupid for only speaking English - CNET | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
"I feel pretty stupid that I don't know any foreign languages. I took Latin and Greek in high school and got A's and I guess it helps my vocabulary but I wish I knew French or Arabic or Chinese."
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Job opportunity: teach English in North Korea - Telegraph

Job opportunity: teach English in North Korea - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

English speakers are being offered a unique opportunity to spend a month living inside the world’s most secretive state. "The country has made it clear that it’s looking to grow its tourism sector in the coming years,” David Thompson from JTS told the Guardian paper. “To do so will require both international tourism expertise and foreign language skills.”

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Would you consider it?

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With English comes great power, and responsibility - new study maps global language potency

With English comes great power, and responsibility - new study maps global language potency | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
English, GLN, global language network, With English comes great power, and responsibility - new study maps global language potency
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German newspaper publisher wants reporters to use English

German newspaper publisher wants reporters to use English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Axel Springer goes Anglophone to seek an international audience
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Punjab English teachers ‘flunk’ Education Minister’s test

Punjab English teachers ‘flunk’ Education Minister’s test | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
MOHALI: In Punjab, 80,278 of the 3,78,628 Class-10 government school students flunked English exam this year. Reason: they were taught by those who themselves struggle to write a simple correct sentence in the language.
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How Teaching in English Divides the Arab World

How Teaching in English Divides the Arab World | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

But the enthusiasm for English isn’t universal. Skeptics note that switching to English does not solve all the underlying problems of troubled educational systems. Some see the turn away from their native language as a threat to Arab identity. Others worry that English-language education exacerbates the divide between the haves and have-nots. For a small minority of graduates, like Mr. Hamdy, English is the gateway to the global economy. But millions more are left behind.

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Knowing English speaks volumes - The Star Says | The Star Online

Knowing English speaks volumes - The Star Says | The Star Online | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
THE Sultan of Johor has made a strong case for English to be used as a medium of instruction in schools in our national education system.
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Will Icelanders One Day Ditch Their Language for English? · Global Voices

Will Icelanders One Day Ditch Their Language for English? · Global Voices | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Icelandic identity is, according to a popular poem, land, nation and tongue. Remove one, and the others collapse. So, will the Icelandic nation survive if the Icelandic language dies out?
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Man Booker International judge speaks out against lack of world literature in English

Man Booker International judge speaks out against lack of world literature in English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Marina Warner is to attack Britain’s ‘oddly provincial’ outlook on writing in other languages, and call for more translations
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What will the English language look like in 100 years?

What will the English language look like in 100 years? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Since the British Empire's dispersal of English to different parts of the world, the language has taken on many forms. With all of these existing varieties, what's in store for this global language?
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France ready to end resistance to English - The Local

France ready to end resistance to English - The Local | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
France’s Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, the chief guardian of the French language, told The Local on Wednesday that she saw no point in protecting French from outside influence like English - a sign that the famous blockade against English words has been lifted.
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Spanish is the world's HAPPIEST language - but where does English rank?

Spanish is the world's HAPPIEST language - but where does English rank? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Spanish proved the happiest, with Brazilian, Portuguese, and Indonesian also featuring high up
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Uganda Voted Best English Speaking Country In Africa

Uganda Voted Best English Speaking Country In Africa | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
A study conducted by World Linguistic Agency has rated Uganda the Best English Speaking Country in Africa.
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I am sharing this post with a very critical eye, as I find it borderline linguicist.

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Tajik TV airs films in English as learning aid | The Japan Times

Tajik TV airs films in English as learning aid | The Japan Times | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Tom Cruise's Tajik and Russian are on the way out in Tajikistan, where state television has made English — without subtitles — the preferred li
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Good choice, but predominantly native-speaker-oriented.

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Indian kitchen goes global, 'keema', 'papad' now English words

Indian kitchen goes global, 'keema', 'papad' now English words | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Indian kitchen goes global, 'keema', 'papad' now English words
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What the World Will Speak in 2115

What the World Will Speak in 2115 | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
English will still dominate a century from now, but it will no longer share the planet with thousands of other languages. Instead, expect fewer but simpler modes of oral communication on every continent.
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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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