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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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Vlad Rassypninsky's curator insight, April 16, 2013 9:43 PM

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 28, 2013 9:11 PM

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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Finland: English dominance worries language teachers

Finland: English dominance worries language teachers | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Educators are focusing on practical instruction to boost conversational skills, and they are encouraging Finns to learn languages like French, German and Swedish.
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English will fragment into 'global dialects' - Telegraph

English will fragment into 'global dialects' - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Traditional English is set to fragment into a multitude of dialects as it spreads around the world, a language expert claims.
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Computer games give a boost to English

Computer games give a boost to English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
If you want to make a mark in the world of computer games you had better have a good English vocabulary. It has now also been scientifically proven that someone who is good at computer games has a larger English vocabulary. This is revealed by a study at the University of Gothenburg and Karlstad University, ...
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Kiev Launches English-Language TV Channel Ukraine Today

Kiev Launches English-Language TV Channel Ukraine Today | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Ukraine's international television channel Ukraine Today launches an English-language satellite broadcast on Sunday, the national Independence Day. ... Ukraine Today will serve as Ukraine's answer to Russia's analogous channel RT (Russia Today), which broadcasts news primarily about Russia to foreign audiences in several languages.

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Could the lingua franca approach to learning break Japan's English curse?

Could the lingua franca approach to learning break Japan's English curse? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
According to EF Education First's English Proficiency Index for 2013, English ability among Japanese is flat-lining — and may even be falling — 'despite enormous private investment.' In a damning ...
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Don't teach maths and science in English

Don't teach maths and science in English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
English may be the language of science, but students learn better and contribute more when taught in their local tongue, says Giovanni Tapang.
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Colombia and its challenges in the field of 'bilingualism' - Colombia News | Colombia Reports

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.

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Top university switches master's to English - The Local

Top university switches master's to English - The Local | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

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.

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Why more pilots are using ‘texts’ to communicate with the ground

Why more pilots are using ‘texts’ to communicate with the ground | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

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.

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Japanese Actor Refused To Pronounce 'Godzilla' In English

Japanese Actor Refused To Pronounce 'Godzilla' In English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

In English, Godzilla is said as, well, “Godzilla”. But in Japanese, it’s said (and written) different: “Gojira”.

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Bilinguality in Europe

Bilinguality in Europe | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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With special thanks to Yasemin Bayyurt.

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Pensavo che l'Italia fosse messa ancora peggio.

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I didn`t know we had such low fegures in terms of English speakers.

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Colombia launches new program to promote bilinguliasm - Colombia News | Colombia Reports

Colombia launches new program to promote bilinguliasm - Colombia News | Colombia Reports | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos launched a new program called “Colombia Very Well,” on Thursday, with the intention of promoting bilingualism in Colombia.

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Another country jumping on the bandwagon.

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Tuning in to learn how English-sounding Haruki Murakami reads in English - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Tuning in to learn how English-sounding Haruki Murakami reads in English - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Native speakers of English obviously have little problem gliding through translations of Haruki Murakami’s silky prose. But what of Japanese readers curious to see how their country’s most famous literary export reads in the world’s lingua franca?

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Why German newspapers are publishing in English

Why German newspapers are publishing in English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Much of the internet-facilitated cross-border media expansion of recent years has come from English language publications tapping English speakers in foreign markets or launching localised versions of their operations with the help of local partners. Are Die Zeit and co making a play for the global English-speaking audiences - and ad revenue - being chased by English language legacy and new media alike?
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Could Latin species names die out? Rules change to allow English descriptions - Telegraph

Could Latin species names die out? Rules change to allow English descriptions - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The International Botanical Congress has ruled that descriptions in Latin are an ‘irrelevant anachronism’ and should now be written in English
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ELT NEWS - Nicos Sifakis talks about teaching English as a Lingua Franca

ELT NEWS - Nicos Sifakis talks about teaching English as a Lingua Franca | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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Arabic Valid Only Because of Quran, Those Who Don’t Speak English Have No Future: Minister

Arabic Valid Only Because of Quran, Those Who Don’t Speak English Have No Future: Minister | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Speaking about the importance of the English language as “the world language for scientific research,” Daoudi said that the Moroccan university will, starting from next year, recruit engineers to teach science students, and that the most important criterion upon which teachers will be accepted is their mastery of English language.

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When there is no word for it in English, why not just invent one?

When there is no word for it in English, why not just invent one? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
New vocabulary is invented all the time, but many experiences have no words to describe them, such as the urge to squeeze a fat baby’s legs, says Lauren Laverne
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The Reality of English's Role in India

The Reality of English's Role in India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

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. 

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Why Are Europeans 'Bad English Shaming' Their Politicians?

Why Are Europeans 'Bad English Shaming' Their Politicians? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
English has become the lingua franca of Europe. And politicians who can't speak it well are getting roundly mocked by their own citizens.
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Essays in English yield information about other languages | Science Codex

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. ...

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Italians mock Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for awful English - Telegraph

Italians mock Prime Minister Matteo Renzi for awful English - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, has been ridiculed for his poor English
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The scoop being, of course, that this is done by his own folk and paraded by the crown of the Inner Circle newspapers.

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Vietman ministry proposed foreign-language teaching program up in the air

Vietman ministry proposed foreign-language teaching program up in the air | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

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.

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From English lessons to Cambridge scholarships: UK spends £700,000 on North Korea programmes

From English lessons to Cambridge scholarships: UK spends £700,000 on North Korea programmes | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Foreign Office releases breakdown of spending on projects related to North Korea since 2011, including more than £95,000 on hosting Pyongyang officials in UK. North Korea Tech reports
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South Korea’s Costly Obsession With English - Korea Real Time - WSJ

South Korea’s Costly Obsession With English - Korea Real Time - WSJ | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

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.

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Sadly, this is not the case only in South Korea, but in other countries of the Expanding Circle as well...

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