English as an international lingua franca in education
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Languages are in vogue in the fashion industry

Languages are in vogue in the fashion industry | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Although English is widely spoken in the fashion industry, foreign language skills are becoming increasingly important for those aiming for the top of this highly globalised trade. The UK's second and third favourite high street shops, Zara and H&M, are based overseas, while New Look, currently at number one, recently announced plans to expand its presence in Europe and enter the Chinese market for the first time. International brands like Uniqlo look for language skills when recruiting.

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Languages are a useful skill in the fashion industry

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englishglobalcom

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English Global Communication - Talk to the world!
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Robin Walkers' blog with lots of materials from his talks and seminars. For anyone interested in pronunciation teaching with an ELF twist.

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No lack of ideas on a course of action for English education

No lack of ideas on a course of action for English education | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Underlying the low levels of English-speaking ability in Japan is the administration of the university entrance exam — the National Center Test for University Admissions — which does not include speaking or writing. At present, the exam’s English portion consists of an 80-minute reading-based section and a 30-minute listening-based one. After the National Center Test, applicants take university-specific exams of which there are more than 1,000 (with varying levels of English requirements).

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Speech Accent Archive

The speech accent archive uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. The archive is used by people who wish to compare and analyze the accents of different English speakers.

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Huge database, phonetic tagging, this is an excellent tool for teachers and linguistis alike.

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Teachers must nurture critical thinking, confidence in English for a shot at 2020 goals

Teachers must nurture critical thinking, confidence in English for a shot at 2020 goals | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

We constantly hear Japanese teachers say, “Students are worried about making mistakes in English.” My immediate reaction is not sympathy for these second-language learners as, perhaps, it should be. Instead, I wonder, who is responsible for instilling in students this fear of making mistakes? After all, language is very forgiving. It doesn’t have to be exact; it just has to be close. English is spoken as a second language all around the world in different accents and with various foibles, yet we all manage to understand each other. Makes you wonder how these pupils get through mathematics, where there is only one right answer. Yet you never hear teachers say students are afraid of making mistakes in math...

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European Union countries now offer courses in English due to globalisation - Nation | The Star Online

European Union countries now offer courses in English due to globalisation - Nation | The Star Online | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Language is no longer a barrier for students interested in studying in European Union (EU) countries....

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Introduction of English in Ashramshalas is based on demand, says government - The Times of India

Introduction of English in Ashramshalas is based on demand, says government - The Times of India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The state's tribal welfare ministry says demand from parents is the reason behind the decision to introduce "lower English" as a medium of instruction at schools it operates through private bodies.
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English fluency hopes rest on an education overhaul

English fluency hopes rest on an education overhaul | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Ringing in 2014, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a dream: One nation that will actively re-engage with the global marketplace. To realize this dream by 2020, it’s commonly accepted that the Japanese need to improve their English. So, what’s the problem? Unfortunately there are a few...

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English edge: Those who speak the language fluently ‘earn 34% more than others’ - The Times of India

English edge: Those who speak the language fluently ‘earn 34% more than others’ - The Times of India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
"Men who speak English fluently earn about 34% higher and men who speak a little English earn about 13% higher than those who don't speak any English," a report said.
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It's time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English

It's time to challenge the notion that there is only one way to speak English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Why do we persist in thinking that standard English is right, when it is spoken by only 15% of the British population? Linguistics-loving Harry Ritchie blames Noam Chomsky
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Japan should take English lessons from Philippines

Japan should take English lessons from Philippines | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

English was brought to the Philippines during the 1896-1946 American occupation and it still enjoys official status. This does not mean that everyone understands or speaks English, but it does mean that exposure to the language is so widespread that those who do speak it can communicate quite fluently. I was also impressed that people who had never stepped outside the Philippines were nevertheless fluent in English. How can a nation acquire a second language so proficiently despite some claims that as many as 27.8 percent of Filipino school-age children either don’t attend, or never finish, elementary school? It’s all in the approach to learning English. The Philippines not only teaches English in its schools but also provides its population with another tool crucial to language acquisition: exposure.

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Hong Kong's English language skills branded 'pathetic' as Chinese has 'negative influence'

Hong Kong's English language skills branded 'pathetic' as Chinese has 'negative influence' | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The English-language skills of Hong Kong's adult population have slumped to the level of South Korea, Indonesia and Japan, according to new rankings of 60 countries and territories. Despite rising in the global rankings for English proficiency, over the past six years, the city's actual score has dropped and it now sits fourth in Asia. Experts put the blame partly on the switch from teaching mainly in English to mainly in Chinese since the handover. They said English skills must be improved if job-seekers were to remain competitive with mainlanders, whose English skills were improving.

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'Global' grads in demand at Japanese companies- Nikkei Asian Review

'Global' grads in demand at Japanese companies- Nikkei Asian Review | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

TOKYO -- The globalization of Japanese businesses has made English language ability one of the most important qualifications companies look for in new recruits, which in turn has raised the profile of Japan's "global five" universities among employers. ... More than half of AIU graduates find work at manufacturers. Rakuten, a big Internet retailer that has adopted English as its official language, takes many graduates from ICU and Sophia University's Faculty of Liberal Arts. The company plans to fill 60% of its engineering jobs with people from outside Japan next spring. This means English is a must, even at its Japanese offices.

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Jack C. Richards on English as an International Language - YouTube

In this video Professor Jack C. Richards discusses the role of English as an international language.
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あとでブログにも書きますが、日本の英語教育が混乱する理由の一つが、「欧米にすり寄る」ための英語と「国際語」としての英語は別物だ、という認識の欠如でしょう。

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Let’s take English seriously

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The challenge to put the English language back to proper use, alongside with the challenge to help Maltese flourish, is both widespread and urgent. Schools and teachers have a large part to play for recovery to take place. But, probably, the heaviest burden lies with parents.

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Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an English as a lingua franca: Katy Davies & Laura Patsko

Practical ideas for teaching pronunciation and listening in an English as a lingua franca: Katy Davies & Laura Patsko | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

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Recording of British Council seminar divided into 6 short video clips on moving from native to non-native models for pronunciation in the second language classroom.  Teaching activities to diagnose problems (learner-to-learner sentence dictation), adapt coursebooks and integrate authentic materials (short clips with transcripts for marking stress and word groups).  Jennifer Jenkins references.

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What Asian Can Learn From Philippines About English Education

What Asian Can Learn From Philippines About English Education | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

According to an Educational Testing Service (ETS) ranking based on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores for 2010, the Philippines ranked 35th out of 163 countries world wide.. . It takes a certain amount of determination to learn a second language. Learning English as a subject in school is not enough. If the Asian countries at the bottom of the TOEFL score list want to improve, they need to start treating English as a working language and a means of communication. They should consider not just better ways to teach English, but better ways to learn it.

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‘English is key to success’

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With growing fears about falling rates of language proficiency among young people, one businessman makes the case for speaking both well Despite his gentlemanly charm, John de Giorgio takes a hard line on applicants who are not adequately bilingual...
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English Proficiency in Malaysia: Time for Urgent Action

English Proficiency in Malaysia: Time for Urgent Action | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

English proficiency in Malaysia has reached a critical level that it can undermine the well-being and international prestige of this country in the absence of genuine efforts to curb its decline. It is impossible, for example, to conduct diplomacy and commercial relations without a strong command of English...

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English with a twist in Lima

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With the rise in popularity in learning business English, one Lima -based company is providing an alternative way to learn.
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Private schools gain popularity in Cuba

Private schools gain popularity in Cuba | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Churches and private tutors are increasingly offering educational services in the Communist country. ... Workshops for English and private business ownership, with 150 students, are the most popular. In 2014, the centre will add prep courses for university entrance exams, because "people ask for them often"...

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Can Latin American higher education go global without using English?

Can Latin American higher education go global without using English? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Latin American universities need to encourage more widespread use of English language to boost their global recruitment and research, argues Leandro Tessler
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English to get 2020 push but teachers not on same page

English to get 2020 push but teachers not on same page | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
A reform plan released in mid-December by the education ministry looks to bolster English study from elementary to high school from the 2020 academic year to pursue globalization. ...
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September - Minister fails English - The Portugal News

September - Minister fails English - The Portugal News | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The news in September was that Portugal could be taking a step closer to becoming a bilingual nation after the Minister for Education said he wanted English lessons to be compulsory in all primary schools.
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Embrace English ... without losing Arab identity | Arab News

Embrace English ... without losing Arab identity | Arab News | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Is the increasing use of English by young Saudis a threat to Arabic and the Kingdom's identity? Some people agree, while others feel it’s a healthy trend. English is in vogue nowadays because it is a requirement for landing various jobs. In social settings, there is also a growing trend among young people to replace the traditional "assalamu alaikum" with "hello" and "good morning," some say.

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