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When language is no barrier, but accent presents a hurdle

When language is no barrier, but accent presents a hurdle | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

... Joselson said she has worked with employees from many of the top companies in the state, from Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer, to AT&T and Novo Nordisk. “There’s nothing wrong with having an accent. It can be very charming and makes your speech unique,” said Joselson, who has a master’s in speech-language pathology from the University of Florida. “The problem arises when the accent is interfering with intelligibility, (and) information gets lost or misinterpreted.” Joselson said that most of her clients are like Chada — “highly motivated, hard-working, ambitious men and women who don’t want anything to hold them back professionally.” She charges $1,350 for 15 weekly one-hour sessions, and her instruction varies based on the native language of each particular client. But overall, she focuses on the sounds of the American language, many of which don’t exist in other languages, and on intonation, helping clients learn where to put the emphasis in their phrasing and sentences. ...

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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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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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Language Matters: Status Loss and Achieved Status Distinctions in Global Organizations

Language Matters: Status Loss and Achieved Status Distinctions in Global Organizations | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

How workers experience and express status loss in organizations has received little scholarly attention. I conducted a qualitative study of a French high-tech company that had instituted English as a lingua franca, or common language, as a context for examining this question. Results indicate that nonnative English-speaking employees experienced status loss regardless of their English fluency level. ...

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Ghana plans to remove English as a medium of instruction in schools.Africa would have done better scientifically with their mother tongue

Ghana plans to remove English as a medium of instruction in schools.Africa would have done better scientifically with their mother tongue | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Our mission is to unite every black family world wide ,We seek to foster a more unified and stronger black community in which our community is included and valued, by sharing ideas based on the challenges we .
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Mend your English or leave Britain: David Cameron tells Muslim women arriving on spousal visa - Firstpost

Mend your English or leave Britain: David Cameron tells Muslim women arriving on spousal visa - Firstpost | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Muslim women who fail to learn English to a high enough standard could face deportation from Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Monday. He also suggested that poor English skills can leave people "more susceptible" to the messages of groups like Islamic State (IS). ...

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Johor Sultan wants the level of English in Malaysia to improve

Johor Sultan wants the level of English in Malaysia to improve | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Johor's Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar said the level of English in Malaysia has deteriorated so badly that even some government officers cannot speak or write good English.
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Immigrants could be let off English language test after judges say it breaches human rights - Telegraph

Immigrants could be let off English language test after judges say it breaches human rights - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Immigrants could avoid having to take an English language test before coming to the UK if it is “impracticable” to do so after a damaging Supreme Court ruling. Judges at the country’s most senior court dealt a blow to the Government’s key immigration rule after signalling exemptions to the test may need to be expanded. Currently spouses of immigrants who are already in the UK have to be able to speak English before coming to live in the UK.

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We’ve got ‘English fever’, not declining English proficiency

Indonesia is suffering from “English fever”, a metaphor used by American linguist Stephen Krashen to illustrate an overwhelming desire to acquire the English language at an early age. A growing demand for English has paved the way for the establishment of schools bearing the “international” label, with English being used primarily as a medium of instruction. What’s more, private tutorials offering English for toddlers are ubiquitous. [. . .]

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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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Americans can study in Germany for free, in English. An increasing number are doing it.

Americans can study in Germany for free, in English. An increasing number are doing it. | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

[...] To attract talent from abroad, many Germany universities have started to offer courses on an undergraduate as well as postgraduate level in English. According to a data analysis by the website studyportals.eu -- which collects information on available college courses all over the world -- there are at least about 900 entirely English-language courses in Germany. The subjects include social sciences, politics and engineering -- a particular strength of the country's education system. Getting into those courses is easier than one might assume: In some cases, a potential student doesn't even have to submit a formal application. [...]

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Why native English speakers fail to be understood in English – and lose out in global business

Why native English speakers fail to be understood in English – and lose out in global business | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Resented, mistrusted and misunderstood – do native English speakers risk being marginalised in international business? [...] 

On a recent trip to Japan, a manager in an international consortium recounted to me how he and other international partners would hold back from actively contributing to meetings where his British and American partners dominated the floor. Following the meeting they would seek one another out to discuss matters between themselves in private. [... ] When it is much easier to work with others who are on the same page as you, the intransigent native English speaker may actually be given a wide berth by their counterparts abroad.

 

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English as a Lingua Franca - interview with Jennifer Jenkins

English as a Lingua Franca - interview with Jennifer Jenkins | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
In this post from the Talk to the Expert series, TEA had the pleasure to talk to prof. Jennifer Jenkins about English as a Lingua Franca and its influence on ELT and the status of non-native English speaking teachers. Prof. Jenkins is one of the most prominent figures in ELF scholarship, and has published numerous…
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Sorry, grammar nerds. The singular ‘they’ has been declared Word of the Year.

Sorry, grammar nerds. The singular ‘they’ has been declared Word of the Year. | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Singular "they," the gender-neutral pronoun, has been named the Word of the Year by a crowd of over 200 linguists at the American Dialect Society's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Friday evening.

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Cubans Say ‘Nyet’ to Russian, Hoping to Learn English - WSJ

Cubans Say ‘Nyet’ to Russian, Hoping to Learn English - WSJ | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The sudden rise of English shows how Cuba’s totalitarian regime is preparing for the trade and sun-seeking tourists that the detente with the U.S. could bring. “It’s taken them a long time to make the switch, but it’s recognition…that English is the language of global commerce,” says William M. LeoGrande, a government professor and Cuba expert at American University.
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When English language teachers don’t know English - The Malaysian Insider

When English language teachers don’t know English - The Malaysian Insider | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Reports of Malaysian students with poor English and graduates unable to land jobs due to poor speaking skills in the language are by now familiar. 
But what about the teachers, whose grammar and pronunciation mistakes are still remembered years after by their former students? Fatimah (not her real name), still vividly recalls the numerous errors her English language teachers made when she was still in school.

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As teachers of a second language we have to take care about our linguistic flaws, even more if these impact on our learner's professional future
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What will the English language be like in 100 years?

What will the English language be like in 100 years? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

One way of predicting the future is to look back at the past. The global role English plays today as a lingua franca – used as a means of communication by speakers of different languages – has parallels in the Latin of pre-modern Europe [. . .]

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