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English, the world's tongue, is full of usage land mines

English, the world's tongue, is full of usage land mines | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

We may need to take a bird's-eye view of the global influence and importance the English language has over the whole world as the default, albeit unofficial, primary global written language in various fields of human endeavor.

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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 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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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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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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The triumph of English - Le Monde diplomatique

The triumph of English - Le Monde diplomatique | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

When, back in 1989, the Netherlands education minister suggested more university courses in English, public outrage caused parliament to pass a law making Dutch the official language of education. Yet the Netherlands is now Europe’s biggest non-Anglophone provider of university courses taught in English; it is used in most masters degrees in life sciences, engineering and economics, though to a limited extent in BA courses and MAs in applied subjects.

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Pearson launches world’s first global standard of English

Pearson launches world’s first global standard of English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Two billion people worldwide claim to speak English, 85% of multi-nationals use English as their language of business and 79% of international HR directors look for English proficiency when recruiting. And yet until today, there has never been a globally recognised standard in English - no single way of recognising and quantifying the level of an individual's English. Keeping this in mind, Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has unveiled  . . .

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For Malaysia's economic SURVIVAL, time to make English a priority again

For Malaysia's economic SURVIVAL, time to make English a priority again | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The concern of our students in schools and institutions of higher learning with a poor command of the English language, both written and spoken, has resurfaced with calls made to the government to see if the language can be prioritised before another generation suffers the same fate of the previous generation.

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English, loanword champion of the world! - The Boston Globe

English, loanword champion of the world! - The Boston Globe | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
It’s the number-one lender of words to other languages--but not everyone wants to borrow them.
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Malaysians’ English proficiency: Globalisation or Localisation?

Malaysians’ English proficiency: Globalisation or Localisation? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

We are often fed ideas by the government that the country is fast moving towards globalisation, but how worthy are we really, of the claim?

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Is there a distinctive 'Indian English'?

Is there a distinctive 'Indian English'? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Is there a distinctive "Indian English"? Yes, according to a hashtag that's been trending in the country - #IndianEnglish.

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Lost without translation: scientific research

Lost without translation: scientific research | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

We all know that if you want to be a professional scientist in the 21st century, you have to communicate in English. This is not a problem if you are lucky enough to be born to English-speaking parents, but spare a thought for the majority of the world’s scientists who are forced to communicate the subtleties and significance of their research in an idiosyncratic foreign tongue.

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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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Browse Oxford 3000 word list from a to almost in English Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com

Browse Oxford 3000 word list from a to almost in English Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com. The Oxford 3000 key words are the words that are the most important and useful vocabulary words for learners of American English to know.

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The Future of English in Multilingual Morocco

The Future of English in Multilingual Morocco | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The Istiqlal’s Secretary General Hamid Chabat has stated that English is the language of the modern time in all world countries, and that its status must be promoted to be the first foreign language for Moroccans. Along with Chabat, prominent social activist and businessman Noureddine Ayouch called in various political and media meetings for English to be introduced early in public schooling. Needless to say, these calls have demonstrated the importance of English in today’s world. . . .

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Opinion: English language tests - poor preparation?

Opinion: English language tests - poor preparation? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Foreign students in the UK need fluency, not just a certificate, says Karen Harris
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Youngsters evince interest in English translations of Islamic books - The Times of India

Youngsters evince interest in English translations of Islamic books - The Times of India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

It is more important to comprehend scriptures than merely read them with no understanding, say youngsters. This is the reason why over the years and especially during Ramzan, Islamic readings in various languages and particularly English is on the rise. "Though I am not proud of the fact that I don't know Arabic but for the time being till I complete my Board examinations, I prefer to get to know more about Islam either via books available in English or while surfing the different religious websites," said Aman Raza, a student.

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Why India’s Focus Should Be on English and Not Hindi

Why India’s Focus Should Be on English and Not Hindi | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
If India is to promote a universal language, it should consider the example of its neighbor.
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9 of the world's most multilingual countries

9 of the world's most multilingual countries | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Large segments of the population in these nations speak 3 or more languages fluently.
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English in the Global Village

English in the Global Village | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Tourism has been found to be beneficial for minority language maintenance in a number of contexts from around the world.  ...  PhD research byYang Hongyan has demonstrated that the award of World Heritage status to the city of Lijiang in Yunnan province in China has provided a significant boost for the maintenance of the Naxi language (Yang 2013). However, it is not always the case that the local minority language benefits from the development of tourism in a minority area, as a fascinating case study of West Street in Yangshuo Town in the Guilin district of Guangxi Province in Chinademonstrates (Gao 2012).

Yangshuo was one of the first backpacker destinations to emerge in China and the frequency with which Yangshuo is featured in English-language travel reports is out of all proportion to its small size. [Yangshuo] is the most accessible destination in China for independent foreign travelers, offering accommodation across all ranges, an eclectic array of restaurants with English menus and English-speaking tourism service providers.

However, catering to the international tourist market through the provision of English-language services is only one part of the success story of Yangshuo. Capitalising on its popularity with international tourists, Yangshuo began to strategically associate itself with English-speaking visitors in its marketing efforts directed at domestic tourists...

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