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When English Textbooks Are Trolls

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English is a hard language, especially for some Japanese people. The grammar is different. The pronunciation is different. And sometimes, the textbooks are strange.
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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.    

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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Chinese unlikely to displace English as S'pore's lingua franca

Chinese unlikely to displace English as S'pore's lingua franca | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Editor-at-Large Han Fook Kwang's postulation that Singapore's lingua franca might change, given the economic and cultural ascendancy of China, is intriguing, but somewhat unlikely ("Will Chinese replace English as facts on the ground change?"; last Sunday).. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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Watch: Muslim politician in a kilt swears oath in Urdu to British queen

Watch: Muslim politician in a kilt swears oath in Urdu to British queen | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Humza Yousaf delivered his oath in Scottish parliament in his mother tongue.
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The continuing importance of translation in a globalised world

The continuing importance of translation in a globalised world | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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Standardized testing can be 'abusive,' Regents head says

Standardized testing can be 'abusive,' Regents head says | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The comments came at a forum hosted by an education advocacy group.
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10 common mistakes from non-native English speakers that we should learn to appreciate

10 common mistakes from non-native English speakers that we should learn to appreciate | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Second-language English speakers (510 million) far outnumber native speakers (340 million). It's time to acknowledge their contributions. 
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Should Pearson, a giant multinational, be influencing our education policy?

Should Pearson, a giant multinational, be influencing our education policy? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Pearson, a business that sells education products and services, seems to be gaining an ever-growing influence on school life. But whose interests is the company promoting – students' or its shareholders'?
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5 reasons why native speakers need to learn to speak English internationally

5 reasons why native speakers need to learn to speak English internationally | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
In the first part of a new series, Chia Suan Chong looks at the concept of 'international English' and considers why native speakers should be speaking it...
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Babies of Bilingual Parents Have High Functioning Brains

Babies of Bilingual Parents Have High Functioning Brains | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Over the past decade, research has demonstrated the cerebral benefit of bilingualism among adults. Studies have shown that being bilingual is associated with
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Why Effective Cross-Cultural Communication Matters In Business

Why Effective Cross-Cultural Communication Matters In Business | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Do you know how many managers serving people across countries and continents fail to see the business challenges that stem from cultural differences? Many front-line managers and executives overlook the key fact that business learning does not always equate to culture learning. Just because someone has lived in multiple countries or speaks multiple languages does not necessarily mean they are able to cross-culturally communicate for advocacy, people management and leadership.
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Kyoto taxis specializing in foreign tourists begin one-year trial | The Japan Times

Kyoto taxis specializing in foreign tourists begin one-year trial | The Japan Times | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
A one-year trial run for taxis aimed at non-Japanese tourists started Tuesday in the city of Kyoto, the first such service in Japan aimed at enhancing the
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OMG, Facebook’s new patent to detect Internet slang

OMG, Facebook’s new patent to detect Internet slang | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
‘Social Glossary’ looks for frequently used slang terms and stores them into a glossary
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What is Translanguaging?

What is Translanguaging? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Many teachers of bilingual children practice translanguaging in the classroom. But what is it exactly and what are its linguistic and cognitive underpinnings?
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Arabic Fastest-Growing Language in US Households

Arabic Fastest-Growing Language in US Households | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Arabic is now the fastest-growing language in the United States, and the right-to-left script is posing some design challenges for the Census Bureau, who may be offering translations for their 2020 questionnaire.
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Understanding Khamenei’s objection to increased use of the English language in Iran

Understanding Khamenei’s objection to increased use of the English language in Iran | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Preventing the spread of English is not a practical solution for impeding what Ayatollah Khamenei calls the American cultural invasion
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Shiok! 19 Singlish items added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Shiok! 19 Singlish items added to the Oxford English Dictionary | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
SINGAPORE - Who needs the Queen's English when you can use Singlish?. Read more at straitstimes.com.
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Native and Non-native Speaker Teachers: Prejudice, Privilege, and a Call to Action

Native and Non-native Speaker Teachers: Prejudice, Privilege, and a Call to Action | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
When I worked in a private language school in London, I had a colleague - let's call her Paulina - who stayed late every evening. I would see Paulina preparing lessons and grading papers as if her life depended on it. She was always the last to leave the school and often the first to arrive…
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Being a native English speaker is globally useless if you can’t speak other versions of English

Being a native English speaker is globally useless if you can’t speak other versions of English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Language skills are often trumpeted as a cornerstone of social integration, allowing citizens to participate fully in their host communities. British prime minister David Cameron recently announced a £20 million fund ($29 million) for English language lessons to tackle radicalization in the UK, for example. Similarly, US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has called for assimilation and English-speaking i
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Gaining global competence: the new generation's workplace imperative
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Multi-lingual children 'are best equipped for global jobs market’

Multi-lingual children 'are best equipped for global jobs market’ | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The children of Londoners whose first language is not English will be among the best equipped for the global jobs market, a linguistics expert said today.
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The Titans of Globalization: 10 People Who Changed the World - Future Startup

The Titans of Globalization: 10 People Who Changed the World - Future Startup | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Forget about Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. The globalized world has been shaped by some larger-than-life people who are all but forgotten in modern times. Jef
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The world's most multilingual countries – ranked | Atlas & Boots

The world's most multilingual countries – ranked | Atlas & Boots | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
We take a look at the world's most multilingual countries, from Papua New Guinea with over 800 languages to the one country with only a single language.
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Maiki Tobon's curator insight, April 27, 9:30 PM
Papua New Guinea takes the top spot with an overwhelming 839 languages ! ... the rank discriminate num of indigenous and immigrant languages      
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Digital Paper in China Covers Contentious Issues, Now in English

Digital Paper in China Covers Contentious Issues, Now in English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
It is overseen by the Chinese Communist Party, prospering at a time when China’s leaders are increasingly restricting what their people read and watch.
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How a Bunch of C-Words Got Into the Oxford English Dictionary

How a Bunch of C-Words Got Into the Oxford English Dictionary | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
This week's new additions to the historical catalog, including several that crudely refer to female genitalia and actually date back more than 800 years, highlight the power of old words
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Raising a Trilingual Child: Non-native Speaker Raising Bilingual Children. Interview with Christine Jernigan, the author of "Family Language Learning" book.

Raising a Trilingual Child: Non-native Speaker Raising Bilingual Children. Interview with Christine Jernigan, the author of "Family Language Learning" book. | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Tips on raising bilingual multilingual children in a multilingual family
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Municipality of Groningen needs to translate their website into English for international students

More and more international students study at Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen, but somehow the municipality of Groningen does not think it's necess...
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Being a native English speaker is globally useless if you can’t speak other versions of English

Being a native English speaker is globally useless if you can’t speak other versions of English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Language skills are often trumpeted as a cornerstone of social integration, allowing citizens to participate fully in their host communities. British prime minister David Cameron recently announced a £20 million fund ($29 million) for English language lessons to tackle radicalization in the UK, for example. Similarly, US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has called for assimilation and English-speaking in the...
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