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India’s Indigenous Languages Drive Wikipedia’s Growth | TechCrunch

India’s Indigenous Languages Drive Wikipedia’s Growth | TechCrunch | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Despite accommodating the world's second largest English-speaking population behind the United States, India's dozens of indigenous languages are driving the adoption of Wikipedia on the subcontinent...
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50 shades of grey, rhubarb-rubarb, etc.

50 shades of grey, rhubarb-rubarb, etc. | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
David Crystal has been monitoring the effects of the internet on spelling, gaining insight into the future of English, writes Hans Pienaar
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In every word, a microhistory

In every word, a microhistory | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

14-year-old Anamika Veeramani won [the US] 83rd National Spelling Bee on June 4 by correctly spelling the word stromuhr. It’s one of many English words in the contest that sounded decidedly unEnglish. Other words from this year’s contest: barukhzy (from a Pashto word that went through Russian before becoming English) , tanha (from a Sanskrit-derived Pali word), izar (originally Arabic, then went through Hindi before becoming English) and uitlander (from Afrikaans, which formed it from two Dutch words, plus a Latin-derived combining form). These are all English words…yes, English words, even if they’re spelled according the rules and pronunciation of other languages. There are many reasons for this mongrelization of English spelling [. . .]

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Don’t bark at English - The Times of India

Don’t bark at English - The Times of India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

India has already demonstrated that multiple languages can coexist and thrive in harmony. However, a look at the upwardly mobile family in India presents a disturbing indicator. In families that speak English, the adults retain their mother tongues and the local languages with ease. The children, though, tend to forget their mother tongues as they grow up. As young adults, English seems to be the only language they remember.

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The dark side of the lingua franca

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Czech boy learns English to translate message in a bottle

Czech boy learns English to translate message in a bottle | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
A Czech boy spent two years honing his language skills and learning English so he could respond to a message in a bottle sent from the UK.
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'Obscurantist’ Rajnath draws flak for anti-English remark - The Times of India

'Obscurantist’ Rajnath draws flak for anti-English remark - The Times of India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
BJP chief Rajnath Singh’s comments about English causing great loss to India has sparked a controversy with political leaders rebuking him for being obscurantist.
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French is no longer the lingua franca

French is no longer the lingua franca | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Tour de France riders prefer to communicate in English, mirroring a global trend that has seen a steady decline in the 'language of diplomacy'
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South Korea’s Embrace of Multiculturalism Could Galvanize Publishing : Publishing Perspectives

South Korea’s Embrace of Multiculturalism Could Galvanize Publishing : Publishing Perspectives | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Today, some 2.5% of South Korea's residents are foreign-born and demand is growing for English-language books and other foreign-language materials. ... Considering Korean president Park Geun-hye’s recent pledge to increase spending on culture to 2% of the national budget — with some KRW 69.8 billion committed to the government’s “multicultural policy” for 2013 — Kim thinks even just a small investment by the government in purchasing English and other foreign language books for Korean libraries would jumpstart the publishing industry. “Purchasing just 10% of the less than 100 English-language books on Korea published per year would cost just KRW 100 million,” Kim said. “It would not be that expensive but would benefit tourists and foreigners living here and galvanize the publishing industry.”

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Japanese education minister urges to improve English education

Japanese education minister urges to improve English education | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry is considering beginning English education earlier in primary school, as well as making English an official primary school subject. In an interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun, education minister Hakubun Shimomura said he plans to introduce English education in the third or fourth year of primary school, and to better utilize assistant language teachers (ALTs) and human resources with English language skills in local communities.

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Please answer the following questions:

1. Consider the education ministers reasons for introducing English in Japanese schools earlier and explain why you believe this will be beneficial or a disadvantage?

 

2. Can you explain any problems or obstacles that may get in the way?

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Takers of IELTS English test double in 2 years

Takers of IELTS English test double in 2 years | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The number of people taking the International English Language Testing System exam, an English proficiency test used by many foreign universities to assess overseas applicants, reached 20,000 in Japan last fiscal year, a nearly twofold increase in...
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English matters - Education | The Star Online

English matters - Education | The Star Online | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Presently, English as a medium of instruction is already available but only in private and international schools. Only a small percentage of Malaysians can afford to go to such schools. As there are Chinese and Tamil vernacular primary schools alongside national schools, some say that Malaysians should have the freedom for another option. But if English medium-schools are given the green-light, what would be the possible challenges in setting them up, and how will the re-introduction of such schools affect the national education landscape?

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Welcome to the ELF Research Network!

This is the official website of the English as a Lingua Franca Research Network, or ELF ReN. Here you can find information concerning our network, the activities we run and the ELF related publications. As a member, you can also take part in our forum discussion

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mviska's curator insight, July 5, 2013 5:16 PM

English has been accepted as a Lingua Franca,will this be an obstacle to teach other languages?

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English rude word goes German

English rude word goes German | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Germany's standard dictionary includes a vulgar English term, used by Chancellor Angela Merkel among others, as an acceptable German word.
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Vietnam: Ministry to scrutinise English qualification of language teachers

Vietnam: Ministry to scrutinise English qualification of language teachers | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

 VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Education and Training will carry
out an English teacher quality assessment at colleges and universities
nationwide in September. Teachers are required to have 90 points or more on the TOEFL iBT, 7.0 in IELTS, 850 for all four English communication skills in TOEIC tests or have passed the Cambridge CAE, CPE.

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138,000 speak no English - census

138,000 speak no English - census | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The number of people living in England and Wales who could not speak any English was 138,000, latest figures from the 2011 census show. After English and Welsh, the most reported main language was Polish, with 546,000 speakers, followed by Punjabi and Urdu. Some 4 million - or 8% - reported speaking a different main language other than English or Welsh.

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Nicos Sifakis's comment, August 5, 2013 8:03 AM
Thanks for the suggestion. From what you say the series looks very interesting. Sadly the 4oD you forwarded is only available in the UK (I think) -- certainly not in Greece (where I'm based).
Mikaela Balder Isc's comment, August 5, 2013 8:23 AM
That is a shame! Perhaps you can search for it on Youtube?
Nicos Sifakis's comment, August 5, 2013 8:25 AM
I will, but I doubt it all be available right now (because of rights)
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English now the dominant EU language - Public Service Europe

English now the dominant EU language - Public Service Europe | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The European Parliament now has a dedicated telephone number for all those struggling with the English language's sometimes bizarre grammar and illogical spelling. Staffed by English-speakers from the assembly's Directorate-General for Translation, the helpline was run as a pilot project among linguists before being opened up last month to all and sundry. "There have been approximately 100 calls over the period since the start, with a significant increase in traffic after the full launch in June and we can expect the number of calls to rise as colleagues in the European Parliament seem to find this service very helpful," says spokesman Armin Wisdorff

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English: The International Language of Police Power — BagNews

English: The International Language of Police Power — BagNews | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The English speaking peoples of the world can bask in the knowledge that their common tongue has become the international language not merely of science and commerce but also of police power. . . . I suspect that one reason the police of the world prefer to label themselves in English is that so many of them are being funded, trained, and equipped by the US, with the UK and Australia playing supporting roles.  The English speaking peoples of the world can bask in the knowledge that their common tongue has become the international language not merely of science and commerce but also of police power. - See more at: http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/2010/04/english-the-international-language-of-police-power/#sthash.lJiRwzZm.dpuf

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Can English be a Singaporean mother tongue?

Can English be a Singaporean mother tongue? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

After two generations of the bilingual policy, many Singaporeans are increasingly using English as their principal home language. This shift towards English is prevalent in all racial groups, but most apparent amongst young Chinese families. According to Ministry of Education figures, the proportion of Chinese students entering Primary 1 who speak predominantly English at home, rose from 36 per cent in 1994 to 50 per cent in 2004.

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Can English language lift Indian hockey? Yes, says Dutch team official | Other Sports - Hockey

Can English language lift Indian hockey? Yes, says Dutch team official | Other Sports - Hockey | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
High performance director Roelant Oltmans says the knowledge of the language can ensure Indian players communicate better with foreign coaches, players and match officials.
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English as lingua franca: A linguistic imperialism? - DAWN.COM

English as lingua franca: A linguistic imperialism?  - DAWN.COM | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
As the fields of education, research and information are rapidly expanding their functions and scope beyond the...
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Prisoners of English by George Haynal - The Globalist

Prisoners of English by George Haynal - The Globalist | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

In a globalized world where English is the dominant language of commerce and diplomacy, it's tempting for native English speakers to take the easy route. But not learning other languages comes at a great cost, explains George Haynal. Fluency in other languages opens a critical window into other cultures and mindsets that would otherwise remain closed.

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Why is Spain experiencing an English language boom?

Why is Spain experiencing an English language boom? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Twenty-seven per cent of Spain's population is unemployed - over six million people. In a ferociously competitive job market, Spaniards see learning a foreign language as the best way of distinguishing themselves from others.
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Brazilian students learn English by correcting celeb tweets

Brazilian students learn English by correcting celeb tweets | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Is it rude to correct other people's spelling? Brazilian students at a school in Sao Paulo are learning English by correcting celebrity grammar on Twitter. ... 

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Turning the tables on (certain) native speakers of English, like so: " "@KimKardashian, you're beautiful. I'm Ana Beatriz from Brazil, I'm 8. Look, you wrote Were, but it's "we're". Kisses." This girl is not being cheeky. She's learning English."

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Blooming Around The World: Five Non-English Litterateurs

Blooming Around The World: Five Non-English Litterateurs | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
by Juhi Karan

World literature is awash in writers who find their voice in their own good time. Here we bring to you five such authors, whose work comes to English speakers via translation.
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Meet North Korea's Bizarre English-Language Social Media Strike Force

Meet North Korea's Bizarre English-Language Social Media Strike Force | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The North Korea YouTube account is the country's officially recognized, premier means of reaching Western audiences. It's also utterly insane. But it starts to make a little more sense once you meet the people behind it.
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