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.
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.
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, ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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. ...
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.
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.
Nicos Sifakis's insight:
Sadly, this is not the case only in South Korea, but in other countries of the Expanding Circle as well...