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The World’s Top 60 Countries in English According to The EF English Proficiency Index

The World’s Top 60 Countries in English According to The EF English Proficiency Index | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

EF Education First, the global leader in international education, today published the results of this year's EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) - the world's most comprehensive ranking of English ability.  In addition to ranking 60 countries and territories by their English skills, the EF EPI for the first time includes an analysis of English proficiency trends over a six-year period that has seen intense investment in English language learning.  The EF EPI also finds correlations between the English skills of a nation's workforce and the country's economic outlook.

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Some very interesting, and rather surprising facts here.

And here's another way of looking at these data:

http://www.ef.com/epi/?mc=we

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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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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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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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What I Learned From My International Students

What I Learned From My International Students | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Thinking about language in new ways is valuable. Non-native-speaking students think about English differently, which forces us as teachers to think differently, too. [...] Further, I’ve found that non-native speakers are also often more eloquent in English than the rest of us because they have no tired clichés to rely upon. I’m recalling a moment when a student who was on a diet — instead of saying she was "dropping a few pounds" — told me, "I am trying to reduce myself." (That became one of my favorite phrases.)

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Egypt is now publishing Friday sermons in English, but is anyone reading them? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Egypt is now publishing Friday sermons in English, but is anyone reading them? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf has recently launched an English version of its official Friday sermon, although accessing it might be impossible for those who don’t read Arabic.
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AI robot touted as future English-learning tool for Japanese kids | The Japan Times

AI robot touted as future English-learning tool for Japanese kids | The Japan Times | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

“The way Musio communicates and its correct pronunciation will make users feel as if they were living in a different country,” said AKA executive Brian Lee during a preview demonstration to media in Tokyo this week. According to the company, the goal is to provide a natural English-speaking environment for children in nonnative speaking countries.

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Is this the way to go (I wonder...)?

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Oxford English Dictionary's Word of Year 2015 is ... NOT a word at all

Oxford English Dictionary's Word of Year 2015 is ... NOT a word at all | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The Oxford English Dictionary has picked an emoji for the 2015 Word of the Year. It is the first pictograph to win the award. ...

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Rafidah: I’m bilingual because English was forced on me

Rafidah: I’m bilingual because English was forced on me | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Malaysians should embrace proficiency in both Bahasa Malaysia and English as they only stand to benefit from bilingualism, former international trade minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz said today. The woman known as Malaysia’s “Iron Lady” for her tough no-nonsense approach even on the global stage advocated a system so that students could use both languages and master them together, saying she became bilingual only because English was “forced” upon her. ...

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Proposal discussed to make English 2nd official language in Taiwan

Proposal discussed to make English 2nd official language in Taiwan | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

A proposal to make English the second official language in Taiwan was discussed at a conference Sunday in Tainan, the city that is leading the push. [...] With more than 70 countries around the world having designated English as their second official language, Taiwan's English education policy, however, is being challenged by a lack of funds and the dispute over its squeezing funds out of the budget for mother-tongue programs, . . .

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Norwegian leaders struggle in English

Norwegian leaders struggle in English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Norwegians often think they speak and understand English well, but monotone delivery, poor pronunciation and a torrent of useless words can creep into their speech. That, in turn, can seriously undermine their message and their authority.

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This coming from a native speaker researcher's perspective though...

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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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Countries with High English Proficiency Are More Innovative

Countries with High English Proficiency Are More Innovative | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

When a country has strong English abilities, its innovation sector can better pull from the global pool of talent and ideas. And we now have data that illustrates the close relationship between innovation and English proficiency worldwide.

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‘Move on English language a practical one to take’

‘Move on English language a practical one to take’ | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Academicians have joined the voices supporting the call by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem for English to be used as one of the state’s official languages apart from Bahasa Melayu (BM). University Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering (UniMY) vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Khairuddin Abdul Hamid said it was just a matter of practicality to expand one’s prowess to master major languages for the very survival of the nation, in view of stiff competition due to globalisation. “Let’s be practical — we have to expand our perspective as Malaysia is a small country with only 30 million people. We have to look at Asean, then the Asia-Pacific region and then, at the whole world to expand our economy. But how can we achieve it if we are so narrow in our approach and perspective?

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Saint-Lazare to change signs after losing bilingual status

Saint-Lazare to change signs after losing bilingual status | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The town of Saint-Lazare has lost its bilingual status, and that means English is disappearing from its official signs.
Bill 101 states non-bilingual communities must have signs in French only.

Saint-Lazare has always been bilingual, but because the number of Anglophones dropped below the 50 per cent mark in the 2011 census, its official status has been revoked.

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Women are better than men at learning English. That’s not necessarily a good sign.

Women are better than men at learning English. That’s not necessarily a good sign. | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

An extensive new survey, released by the teaching company Education First, comes to another surprising conclusion: In most of the countries that were surveyed, women were better than men at learning English as a non-native language. In total, 70 countries were part of the analysis. The findings confirm other surveys, such as the results from the international Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL,  in which women also outperformed men.

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Sarawak makes English official language along with BM

Sarawak makes English official language along with BM | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Sarawak has adopted English as the official language of the state administration, apart from Bahasa Malaysia, Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said today. Adenan told the state civil service gathering this morning that official government correspondence can be in both languages, adding that it was a practical and logical step. ...

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Sweden at Top, Middle East at Bottom of EF's Global Ranking of English Skills

Sweden at Top, Middle East at Bottom of EF's Global Ranking of English Skills | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

EF Education First released today the 5th annual edition of its EF English Proficiency Index (EF EPI), the world's largest ranking of countries by English skills. The report identifies global and regional English language learning trends and analyzes the relationship between countries' English proficiency and their economic competitiveness. This year's EF EPI report profiles all 70 ranked countries, using test data from 910,000 adult English language learners.

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Switch to Urdu from English as official language a hurdle for Pakistan

Switch to Urdu from English as official language a hurdle for Pakistan | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Eight percent of Pakistan's population speak the language as its native tongue. Only one word of it — “ka,” meaning “of” — is in the country's three-stanza, 56-word national anthem. Nevertheless, the Supreme Court of Pakistan in August ordered the government to replace English with Urdu as its official language. English has been the country's recognized language since its independence 68 years ago. Citing Article 251, the court noted that the 1973 constitution declared Urdu the official language of Pakistan and the government was to arrange for its use for official and other purposes within 15 years of the constitution's adoption, or by 1988. The constitution allowed that “the English language may be used for official purposes until arrangements are made for its replacement by Urdu.” The government never really made the switch, however, . . .

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New English language test agreed for European nurses

New English language test agreed for European nurses | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
European Union nurses who want to work in the UK will in the future be required to pass an International English Language Testing System exam if they cannot prove they are proficient in using English, despite concerns about the test’s robustness.
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