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.
Arabic is now the fastest-growing language in the United States, and the right-to-left script is posing some design challenges for the Census Bureau, who may be offering translations for their 2020 questionnaire.
When I worked in a private language school in London, I had a colleague - let's call her Paulina - who stayed late every evening. I would see Paulina preparing lessons and grading papers as if her life depended on it. She was always the last to leave the school and often the first to arrive…
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 i
Editor-at-Large Han Fook Kwang's postulation that Singapore's lingua franca might change, given the economic and cultural ascendancy of China, is intriguing, but somewhat unlikely ("Will Chinese replace English as facts on the ground change?"; last Sunday).. Read more at straitstimes.com.
Pearson, a business that sells education products and services, seems to be gaining an ever-growing influence on school life. But whose interests is the company promoting – students' or its shareholders'?
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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