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A research blog from the University of Helsinki's ELFA project (English as a Lingua Franca in Academic Settings).

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This is a very interesting and informative blog from the ELFA researchers, with updates and reviews related to ELF in academia (which is all the rage right now).

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English as an international lingua franca in education
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.
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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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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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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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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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ELF squad?

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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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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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