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The American Scholar: No English, No Career? - Jessica Love

The American Scholar: No English, No Career? - Jessica Love | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

According to a review by linguist Ranier Enrique Hamel, the percentage of scientific publications written in English skyrocketed from 36 percent in 1880 to 64 percent a century later. In the natural sciences, numbers are even higher: 75 percent of publications were written in English in 1980; by 1996 it was 91 percent. It is unlikely that the trend has reversed itself. Top-ranked journals such as Science, Nature, and Cell are still every bit as English as their titles would suggest. Science, it seems, requires a lingua franca, and English is currently it.

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According to linguist Ranier Enrique Hamel, the percentage of scientific publications written in English by 1996 was 91 percent! A big question awaiting universities is how to manage the dominance of English in academia in relation to the human (or social) sciences and the humanities, where matters of language are much more central to the investigation - both as a means as well as an object of investigation.

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Professor Farzad Sharifian - Paradigm of English as an International Language

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Keynote speech on "English as an International Language: State of the Art", presented by Professor Farzad Sharifian.

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Is the English language conquering France?

Is the English language conquering France? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The French parliament is debating a new road map for French universities, which includes the proposal of allowing courses to be taught in English. For some, this amounts to a betrayal of the national language and, more specifically, of a particular way at looking at the world - for others it's just accepting the inevitable.

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Hu hu hu! The English are striking back from the 100 years war.
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English-language manual helps the fight back for Hong Kong kung fu

English-language manual helps the fight back for Hong Kong kung fu | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

ask Lam Chun-fai Sifu -- the 73-year-old practitioner of the 300-year-old kung fu style known as Hung Kuen -- and he will tell you that making the martial art accessible to foreigners is the only way to save it from extinction. To counter the decline, he has co-authored the world's first English-language manual on the ancient kung fu style that he has taught for 60 years and has been his family's trademark for more than three generations.

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Head targets pupils' dialect - ITV News

Parents at a Middlesbrough primary school have been sent a letter from the head teacher advising them on correcting their children's Teesside accents. Pupils at Sacred Heart Primary School have been sent home with a list of 11 words or phrases which can cause problems with grammar or pronunciation.

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Unrelenting, indeed... No need for any further comment.

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Japan considers English specialist unis

Japan considers English specialist unis | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
ABOUT 30 Japanese universities will teach in English, under reforms advocated by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's education reform panel.
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In France, some suffer malaise as universities offer English-language courses

Higher Education Minister Genevieve Fioraso this past week introduced a bill that would allow French universities to teach more courses in English, even when English is not the subject. The goal, she explained, is to attract more students from countries such as Brazil, China and India where English is widely taught but French is reserved largely for literature lovers.

“Ten years ago, we were third in welcoming foreign students, but today we are fifth,” she said in a Q&A in the magazine Nouvel Observateur. “Why have we lost so much attraction? Because Germany has put in place an English program that has passed us by. We must make up the gap.”

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Leading English language programs for Asian students | Asia News – Politics, Media, Education | Asian Correspondent

Leading English language programs for Asian students | Asia News – Politics, Media, Education | Asian Correspondent | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Even with the rise of non-English speaking world powers, such as China, English is expected to remain the language of international commerce. The British Council reports that around 375 million people speak English as their first language (roughly half the number of native Mandarin speakers). Yet, even now, conservative estimates indicate that more than a billion non-native speakers possess strong English-speaking skills. This figure is expected to double by the year 2020. And so even as we enter into what economists are calling the ‘Asian Century’, it appears that English – rather than an Asian language – will remain the language of business, politics and international commerce. In fact, Benjamin Herscovitch, a policy analyst at the Australian think tank, Centre for Independent Studies, has even asserted that English is becoming an Asian language in its own right.

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Enhanced English education sought in Japanese elementary schools

Enhanced English education sought in Japanese elementary schools | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
A governmental panel on education reform will propose enhancing English-language education in elementary schools by making it an official subject for fifth- and sixth-graders. As a way of nurturing people ...
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The dominance of English: a view from Japan | Macmillan

The dominance of English: a view from Japan | Macmillan | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Our series on English as a lingua franca continues with a post from Japan. We asked Jim Ronald, Professor of English Linguistics at Hiroshima Shudo University, to provide a perspective on Japan’s engagement with English. Jim has discussed the subject with four of his students, and they give their views here.

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France has almost entirely failed in its strategy to prevent English taking over as the lingua franca of the EU.

France has almost entirely failed in its strategy to prevent English taking over as the lingua franca of the EU. | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Prior to the accession of the United Kingdom to the European Economic Community in 1973, the French language held a privileged position as a lingua franca of the Community. David Fernández Vítores assesses the demise of the French language’s status and the failure of France to develop an effective strategy for preventing the advance of English. He notes that the country is now refocusing its efforts on consolidating the position of French in the legal sphere, one of the few areas where it still enjoys a privileged position in comparison to other official languages.

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This goes much further back. See Brutt-Griffler's "World English: A Study of Its Development" (2002).

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Native English–Speaking Teachers and Trainers Still Idealized | TESOL Blog

Native English–Speaking Teachers and Trainers Still Idealized | TESOL Blog | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

From the TESOL President's Blog: Deena Boraie, 2013–2014 TESOL President, discusses the common fallacy that native speakers make better English language teachers.

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Michael Gove and 'correct grammar': let me explain this slowly | Michael Rosen

Michael Gove and 'correct grammar': let me explain this slowly | Michael Rosen | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

I should have guessed that if Michael Gove was going to reply to one of my Guardian Letters from a Curious Parent, he wouldn't engage with what I actually wrote. Expert though he is in linguistics, he seems to find it difficult attending to detail. He claims that I criticised the new grammar test because there is "no such thing as correct grammar". No, I criticised it because a) it was brought in without any evidence that it would help children write better, b) that Year 6 is too early to tackle grammar in any useful way, c) the kind of grammar being tested was resulting in it being taught out of context of real speaking, writing and reading, d) questions about grammar are not simply a matter of "right and wrong".

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Beware of such "experts" in linguistics...

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An interview with an ELF researcher

An interview with an ELF researcher | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Professor Jennifer Jenkins is a prominent researcher in the field of English as a lingua franca. She has written extensively in this area. She has also expressed her views exclusively in interviews for this online course. In these activities you will hear some extracts from an interview with her in which she discusses some of the current research and issues in ELF. Using these, you will examine some of the controversies that ELF has generated, further explore the relationship between ELF and identity, and consider the future of ELF.

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A Call for English Only at the EU

A Call for English Only at the EU | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
With 23 official languages-- rising to 24 in July-- the European Union is knee-deep in translation. Must every document be translated into Latvian and Irish? Or should the EU simplify matters by making English its working language?
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Bright teenager gains highest English A-level in the country despite predictions she would fail after doctors diagnosed her with dyspraxia

Bright teenager gains highest English A-level in the country despite predictions she would fail after doctors diagnosed her with dyspraxia | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Frederica Drewer, 18, of Bristol, had been expecting to get a D in her exam, until she was allowed to use her laptop because she had been diagnosed with the neurological disorder.
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English atop the Eurovision pile, yet again

English atop the Eurovision pile, yet again | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Songs mostly in English have won 24 times, while songs in French have won 14. That leaves just about a third of the contests won in any other language. This is despite two periods (1956-1965 and 1977-1999) in which contest rules required countries to sing in their own languages. Perhaps the only true global hit to come out of the contest—Abba's "Waterloo" (1974)—was sung by Swedes in English. It is clear that pop is just another area in which English is taking over Europe, alongside business and the politics of the European Union.

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George Orwell's critique of internet English

George Orwell's critique of internet English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

To paraphrase Orwell, the English of the world wide web – loose, informal, and distressingly dyspeptic – is not really the kind people want to read in a book, a magazine, or even a newspaper. But there's an assumption that that, because it's part of the all-conquering internet, we cannot do a thing about it.

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English, ‘foreign language’ in Trinidad and Tobago

In an attempt to inculcate Standard English usage and improve students’ literacy, the Education Ministry plans to treat English as “foreign language.” The proper use of Standard English is being encouraged, and an “oral” component was introduced for students preparing for the National Certificate of Secondary Education. ...

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English Subtitles Can Make or Break an Indian Film

English Subtitles Can Make or Break an Indian Film | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

“In the South we have a large group of filmmakers and producers who are not as open-minded to English as a language or fluent in it,” Rekhs says. “So they feel intimidated and English subtitling is not priority. … Most of them are not even aware that subtitles are not just in English. But English acts as a bridge for the movie to be subtitled in other foreign languages as well.”

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French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warns government against using English language

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warns government against using English language | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The president’s approval ratings are at an all-time low. Unemployment is at an all-time high. So you might think that the French prime minister has more pressing matters on his hands than regulating the use of English in official documents. Prime MinisterJean-Marc Ayrault, a former German teacher, sprang into action after the industry minister launched a sector with the English title of “Silver Economy” to boost the economic role of the elderly in France. ...

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The Man Booker International prize finalists speak: Part Two

The Man Booker International prize finalists speak: Part Two | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Josip Novakovich: "For me there isn't, as I write in English as a second language, so people read me in Croatia in translation – which doesn't feel very homey. To my mind all readership is international once you are adrift among several countries. I think writing about the former Yugoslavia from abroad in English has made it possible for me to write from a new angle about experiences and places that were too close to me to have any perspective on them. My translating these experiences for myself into English has also made them readable for people abroad."

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The English Effect - The British Council

The English Effect - The British Council | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
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An interesting site that looks at the origins of many English words and their links with other languages of the world.

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Roundtable discussion: Education for the Global Age – European and EU Centre

Monash University Faculty of Arts
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"The white paper specified language and knowledge gaps and reminded us that reliance upon English, the global lingua franca, is not a viable long-term option if Australians are to communicate effectively in Asia. Asia-relevant expertise has for a long time resided in Asian studies and language programs catering to students in the humanities and social sciences interested in Asian issues. The challenge is to generalise this general interest in Asian cultures, languages and societies across the university curriculum to ensure that graduates from vocationally specialized areas are equipped with, at the very least, a basic comprehension of Asia."

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Web Semantics: Brussels English | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com

Web Semantics: Brussels English | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

All bureaucracies create some bureau-speak, but the European Union is a special case because they’ve got so much regulation going on while most of them don’t speak English as a first language. I  would not expect “Brussels English” to get any closer to grammatically correct British English; on the contrary I would expect it in future to drift into areas of machine translation jargon, since that’s a lot cheaper than hiring human translators who are as skilled as the author of this document.

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The very interesting EU document can be accessed here: http://ec.europa.eu/translation/english/guidelines/documents/misused_english_terminology_eu_publications_en.pdf

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