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Rusty language skills blunting Malaysia’s edge, says Penang CM | Malaysia | The Malay Mail Online

Rusty language skills blunting Malaysia’s edge, says Penang CM | Malaysia | The Malay Mail Online | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
GEORGE TOWN, Oct 10 — Malaysians are losing out in the global arena due to their increasingly poor command of languages, especially in English, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.
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In celebration of creolisation

In celebration of creolisation | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

All English and Germanic languages began as creolised languages that continue to absorb new idioms. Globalisation is accelerating this process in new and unforeseen ways. In Africa, Afrikaans and Swahili can be considered "creoles". Swahili is the lingua franca of the Indian Ocean coastline, from Somalia to Mozambique and the Seychelles. It is a language of hybrid cultures, has a 100-year-old poetic tradition, and draws its linguistic resources from other languages.

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Global sport meets global English: you’re the referee

Global sport meets global English: you’re the referee | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Athletes and others involved in the highly visible world of sport sometimes speak through interpreters and sometimes don’t. Who are the winners and losers?

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What’s the language of the future?

What’s the language of the future? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
As English takes over the world, it's splintering and changing -- and soon, we may not recognize it at all
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Our English is not so great say Italians, Germans, French - The Times of India

Our English is not so great say Italians, Germans, French - The Times of India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Italians, Germans and the French are the most insecure in Europe about their levels of English, with Swedes among the most confident, data showed today.
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Cambridge centenary conference looks to the future of English

Cambridge centenary conference looks to the future of English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

New horizons in teaching, learning and assessing language around the world were discussed at a major conference in Cambridge earlier on in September. [...] The Cambridge English Centenary conference was the focus of a week long programme of events in Cambridge this week to mark 100 years of Cambridge English exams. The Cambridge English exams started life in 1913 when three candidates took the first ever Cambridge English Proficiency exam. Today over 4 million candidates a year take Cambridge English exams to prove they have the English language skills needed for immigration, study and workplace.

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European Universities Catch the Online Wave

European Universities Catch the Online Wave | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Massive Online Open Courses, or MOOCs, are catching on in Europe as universities look to cut costs and reach out to a wider audience.
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The language of all MOOCs is English.

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Brian Cox on Science Britannica: "Britain is in a world-leading position in science and engineering"

[...] When [in the mid-17th century] the Royal Society started printing the world’s first scientific journal, Philosophical Transactions: Giving Some Accompt [sic] of the Present Undertakings, Studies, and Labours of the Ingenious in many Considerable Parts of the World, the idea of scientific publication and peer review – the rigorous, public checking and correction of methods and data, which is the bedrock of global science today – was born. This, together with the Industrial Revolution, saw English gradually replace Latin as the lingua franca of progress.

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University admissions tutors across globe back English language test

University admissions tutors across globe back English language test | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
TOEFL test recognised as consistent measure of English proficiency by more than 9,000 institutions in 130 countries
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Improving English skills is vital: Surin - The Nation

Improving English skills is vital: Surin - The Nation | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Improving English skills is vital: Surin The Nation English could be the key to help improve Thailand's serious educational problems, Surin Pitsuwan, a former secretary-general of Asean, said last...
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The Morung Express: Nagaland Latest & Breaking News, Northeast & India News - English as a Global Language

The Morung Express: Nagaland Latest & Breaking News, Northeast & India News - English as a Global Language | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Nagas, in comparison to other non-native English speakers are appreciated immensely for comprehension of English language, as a majority of the younger generation is not excessively influenced by the mother tongue. Most of the young students have grown up surrounded by media and pop culture which glamorize English. It is encouraging to see that they are gradually becoming aware of the fact that English plays a critical role in this “globalization” phenomenon. To use a stronger expression, English has indeed become the de facto language of choice for communication between different nations in the world. Richer countries have more money to spend on education, resulting in better English training. This in turn results in more economic opportunities at the global level.

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Languages: we're learning them in the wrong way

Languages: we're learning them in the wrong way | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Britain doesn’t like learning languages. Year on year the numbers taking languages at school have fallen, leading to Britain regularly being placed at the bottom of European surveys into language proficiency. This year alone, German A-Level takers were down by 14.53% and French learners by 9.9%. This is often explained by citing a lack of motivation for learning foreign languages - it’s because we’re learning them in the wrong way. [...] In a way, it’s very Anglo-centric – the focus is on how we can say English things in a different language.

Instead, we ought to learn the joys and peculiarities of another culture, rather than ironing them out.

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Why Nigerian Languages Are Dying

Why Nigerian Languages Are Dying | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Nigeria is trapped in the local language dilemma, accustomed to speaking English, the language of British Colonialism as the Imperial power tended to wield together, people of diverse ethnic languages, cultures, traditions and religions. English was regarded and seen as the language of unity and administrative convenience in the amalgamation of northern and southern protectorates in 1914 to form such a big country in Africa with the largest population in the continent. It was just impossible to choose a local language among about 400 with Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba as the main ones, none yielding to the other out of these three as the lingua franca even up to Independence in 1960. ...

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European language degree courses abandoned by many UK universities

European language degree courses abandoned by many UK universities | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
UK accused of 'systematically squandering linguistic resources' as number of students studying French, German, Italian and Spanish falls
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Students in the UK now face fewer choices if they would like to study languages at degree level

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Non-standard English and the New Tribalism

Non-standard English and the New Tribalism | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Nonstandard English is a tribal marker. Consciously or unconsciously, speakers who have been taught standard grammar and word formation, but persist in saying or writing such stuff as [...] do it because they identify with a group that feels that the use of standard speech does not reflect who they are. . . .

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Bot Colony, The First Game to Understand and Respond Intelligently in English, available in Open Beta on November 1st 2013

Bot Colony, The First Game to Understand and Respond Intelligently in English, available in Open Beta on November 1st 2013 | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Bot Colony is an episodic sci-fi adventure game in which one plays as a robot cognition specialist investigating the disappearance of prototype robot sensors, and tracking down a spy across an exotic South Pacific island. While currently video games rely on dialog trees – players clicks canned dialog lines written by someone else – in Bot Colony players use their own words to control the outcome.  Language understanding is not limited to commands: players can ask characters questions, state facts or opinions, and clarify what a character said -- and the characters will respond intelligently in most cases. Players can also ask robots to carry out commands and robots will comply, or learn new commands that are not yet part of their repertory.  The ability to speak freely with the characters increases the player’s immersion into the game and truly makes the player part of the story. . . .

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English is the lingua franca of Europeans as two thirds speak the language

English is the lingua franca of Europeans as two thirds speak the language | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
It found that English is the most popular foreign language in all but five European countries, and all of those are small nations that use the language of their larger neighbours.
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Poor English skills of foreign pilots 'can contribute to accidents or serious incidents' | UK | News | Daily Express

Poor English skills of foreign pilots 'can contribute to accidents or serious incidents' | UK | News | Daily Express | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
FOREIGN pilots with poor English could be putting passengers at risk, airline regulators have claimed.
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We speak your language, English clubs tell foreign fans

We speak your language, English clubs tell foreign fans | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester City and Liverpool announced an expansion of their social media presence on Thursday with more local language websites and Twitter accounts to cater for a growing international...
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This glorious English language that is open to all

This glorious English language that is open to all | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

There is nothing new, of course, about the Man Booker list featuring novelists from the former colonies. This year’s list, though, makes a definitive statement that such writers are no longer the exotic outsiders that add color (literally as well as figuratively) to the British norm. They are the new normal. [...] What the would-be linguistic dictators called the “anarchy” of the English language has been redefined by writers from the greater Anglophone world as its great generosity. Its glory is that it lets everyone in without making them all the same. English was multicultural long before it contained that word. Because it is itself an unruly bastard tongue, it is capacious enough for everyone to find within it their own unique cadences. The England that once had pretensions to govern this glorious tongue is gone. The tongue itself is taking infinite new shapes in billions of mouths. As the Union flag was lowered and the last governors waved off, those who were once ruled from London had to take their hats off and say: “So long and thanks for all the words.”

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A truly multilingual capital for the European Union

A truly multilingual capital for the European Union | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

To meet Brussels’s exceptional linguistic challenge, the 'Marnix Plan'
wants to mobilise Brussels’s diverse linguistic competence into an exciting
collaborative project. [...] Brussels is the main seat of the European institutions and the main location of the EU-wide civil society. It has witnessed the growing importance of English as the European lingua franca. Overall, 89% of the Brusselers claims to speak French well or very well, 23% does so for Dutch and 30% for English.

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The rise of the international literary award goes hand in hand with the decline of the novel

The rise of the international literary award goes hand in hand with the decline of the novel | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Literature is going global. In reportedly opening up to American writers, the Man Booker Prize is simply following a trend which tends to weaken ties between writers and their national communities. [...] The IMPAC has gone to authors not writing in English just seven out of 18 times. The biennial Booker International just once in five times. Because however willing and cosmopolitan a jury may be, a novel that truly comes from a different culture, written for that culture in that culture’s language, is a difficult creature to approach.

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Not against English, but Hindi should be working language: Mulayam

Not against English, but Hindi should be working language: Mulayam | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav today said he was not against English language, but wanted that it was not used for official work so that people do not have any problem in understanding.
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The Beauty Of Language: 11 Words With No Translation - Edudemic

The Beauty Of Language: 11 Words With No Translation - Edudemic | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
There are only a handful of words with no translation. From Frank Sinatra to Justin Bieber, we've come a long way.
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English as lingua franca: A linguistic imperialism?

English as lingua franca: A linguistic imperialism? | 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 geographical, social and racial boundaries, the debates about the constructive as well as destructive impacts of English as lingua franca (ELF), a global language, particularly in the field of education, have got a more heated and complicated phase of advocacies and argumentations.

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