English as an international lingua franca in education
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Being a native English speaker is globally useless if you can’t speak other versions of English

Being a native English speaker is globally useless if you can’t speak other versions of English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Language skills are often trumpeted as a cornerstone of social integration, allowing citizens to participate fully in their host communities. British prime minister David Cameron recently announced a £20 million fund ($29 million) for English language lessons to tackle radicalization in the UK, for example. Similarly, US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has called for assimilation and English-speaking in the...
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Language Matters: Status Loss and Achieved Status Distinctions in Global Organizations

Language Matters: Status Loss and Achieved Status Distinctions in Global Organizations | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

How workers experience and express status loss in organizations has received little scholarly attention. I conducted a qualitative study of a French high-tech company that had instituted English as a lingua franca, or common language, as a context for examining this question. Results indicate that nonnative English-speaking employees experienced status loss regardless of their English fluency level. ...

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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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Americans can study in Germany for free, in English. An increasing number are doing it.

Americans can study in Germany for free, in English. An increasing number are doing it. | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

[...] To attract talent from abroad, many Germany universities have started to offer courses on an undergraduate as well as postgraduate level in English. According to a data analysis by the website studyportals.eu -- which collects information on available college courses all over the world -- there are at least about 900 entirely English-language courses in Germany. The subjects include social sciences, politics and engineering -- a particular strength of the country's education system. Getting into those courses is easier than one might assume: In some cases, a potential student doesn't even have to submit a formal application. [...]

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Why native English speakers fail to be understood in English – and lose out in global business

Why native English speakers fail to be understood in English – and lose out in global business | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Resented, mistrusted and misunderstood – do native English speakers risk being marginalised in international business? [...] 

On a recent trip to Japan, a manager in an international consortium recounted to me how he and other international partners would hold back from actively contributing to meetings where his British and American partners dominated the floor. Following the meeting they would seek one another out to discuss matters between themselves in private. [... ] When it is much easier to work with others who are on the same page as you, the intransigent native English speaker may actually be given a wide berth by their counterparts abroad.

 

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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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Maiki Tobon's curator insight, April 27, 2016 9:18 PM
As teachers of a second language we have to take care about our linguistic flaws, even more if these impact on our learner's professional future
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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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