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The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Learning English | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Learning English | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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It may not be specifically related to ELF, but Larry's blog is always interesting and frequently updated. Definitely worth a check now and then.

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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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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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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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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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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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