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Walker, Spiewak and Hancock on English as a Lingua Franca | Hancock McDonald ELT

Walker, Spiewak and Hancock on English as a Lingua Franca | Hancock McDonald ELT | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The Pronunciation SIG Pre-conference event for 2013 took an ELF perspective on teaching pronunciation. The speakers were Robin Walker, Grzegorz Spiewak and Mark Hancock, and it was hosted by Wayne Rimmer.

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If you don't know grammar, you can't write English – Telegraph Blogs

If you don't know grammar, you can't write English – Telegraph Blogs | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

You can't follow the rules of a language – or break them in an entertaining, pointed way – unless you know them. One of the most insidious arguments made by progressive educationalists is that grammar is a pointless, arcane art, insisted on by the middle classes to exclude the working classes. It's rubbish, of course. Grammar is ...

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Learn English to succeed in modern world: Tharoor - Indian Express

Learn English to succeed in modern world: Tharoor - Indian Express | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Strongly favouring the learning of English to succeed in the modern world, Union Minister of State for HRD Shashi Tharoor has said denial of opportunity to children to study the language would destroy their future.

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Some strong words here.

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Mike Nichols column: You need English to be a safe driver

Mike Nichols column: You need English to be a safe driver | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

There’s something about driving around in Wisconsin that has always amazed me: the fact that you don’t have to really understand English in order to do it. “There is not a minimum English language proficiency requirement” here for folks interested in getting a driver’s license, confirmed Donna Brown-Martin, the state’s director of the Bureau of Driver Services.

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When it greatly matters what English accent we’ve acquired

When it greatly matters what English accent we’ve acquired
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Vlad Rassypninsky's curator insight, April 14, 2013 3:53 AM

The unprecedented phenomenon in the history of world languages -- the transformation of English, as one of the most widespread international languages, into a language sui generis, the language of global communication -- raises a number of questions and, first of all, the question of the Global English standard, which could be taught throughout the world as opposed to national standards of the English language, whose use should be limited to certain localities or groups of speakers.

When speaking about the English accent that should be taught, one should keep in mind the new status that the English language acquired at the turn of the 20th century -- it must no longer be treated as the US, UK, Euro or any other variety, with the corresponding orientation to certain phonetic norms. The leading principle here is comprehension, rather than sounding 'cool' or 'pleasant' for speakers of some ethnic or national groups.

The question discussed in the given article (the Jose Carillo forum) treats English from the outdated perspective, that is, it still regards English as the preferred foreign language. The Phillippines is leading the world in the $150-billion business process outsourcing industry. Their call-centers are oriented to the American BPO market and, correspondingly, the American accent makes it easier to fit into the North American English environment. The same may be said about Indians, eager to enter the American BPO market. However, at present it would not be the right thing to claim that Global English is the American variety, even though the US standard impact on English as the Global Lingua Franca is widely recognized. Since English in the status of the universal language of global communication is a new phenomenon, it is not suprising that there is no recognized standard not only for its phonetic aspect but also for its grammatical and lexical structures.  However, neutralizing national accents and making one's sound more comprehensible for some 2 billion users of English over the world is essential.  

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The Global Spread of English

The Global Spread of English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The insatiable need to learn English seems to be a symbol of urbanization since English has become dominant nearly in all areas such as diplomacy, media, business to mention a few. Unlike Arabic which is associated nowadays with, for instance, social sciences, tradition and religion, English plays a more prestigious role and is associated with technology advances, business, high education, science and work. This explains the availability of English resource materials in ample quantities.

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The European Mama: Blogging in English when you’re not a native speaker < Blogs & photos | Expatica The Netherlands

The European Mama: Blogging in English when you’re not a native speaker < Blogs & photos | Expatica The Netherlands | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Polish blogger Olga Mecking encourages the unique styles that come from blogging in a language other than your native one.

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Excellent personal account of the challenges and opportunities English offers to "non-native" English bloggers.

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Teaching Standard English While Embracing Dialect Diversity

Teaching Standard English While Embracing Dialect Diversity | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The growing numbers of second-generation Latino students attending U.S. schools pose new challenges for teachers, according to a Fox News Latino report. These students are often fluent in English but use speech infused with Spanish accents, rhythm, and usage that they pick up in their Latino communities. By the same token, they struggle with the standard English that is generally needed to perform well on standardized tests and other school assignments.

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Educating the educators, finally!

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Englishnization: The Reasons Why

"My company is based in Tokyo and the majority of the people who work for me are Japanese. Still, in order to be a fully global company, I decided our primary language of operation would be English. Everyone who works for Rakuten must communicate in English."

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The apricot's irresistible voyage into the English language - Telegraph

The apricot's irresistible voyage into the English language - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
What is the most surprising word in The Hobbit? I ask because an exhibition opened yesterday in London called “The English Effect”, which features surprising things about the English language, notably how much of it is foreign. Well, we all knew that, but the details are stranger than expected.
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Multilingual provision is cheaper than English-Only

Multilingual provision is cheaper than English-Only | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Mikitani imposed English so that communication within the company would be faster. Not surprising in a world where speed is money. But did it really work? Are they really faster at Rakuten because they speak English? Mikitani only says that the first board meeting after the introduction of English was twice as long as usual leaving the reader to assume that this slow-down was a one-off and communication has significantly sped up since.

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Can't chant, can't speak English? Pope says it's because he's tone-deaf

Can't chant, can't speak English? Pope says it's because he's tone-deaf | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

"The one language that always caused me big problems was English," he said, especially its pronunciation, "because I am very tone-deaf."

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Not as omniscient as one would think: there is no such thing as tone deafness.

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Learn English to succeed in modern world: Tharoor - Hindustan Times

Learn English to succeed in modern world: Tharoor - Hindustan Times | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Strongly favouring the learning of English to succeed in the modern world, union minister of state for HRD Sashi Tharoor has said denial of opportunity to children to study the language would destroy their future.
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Some rather strong words here...

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The Use of English in a Globalised World

The Use of English in a Globalised World | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Overall, the prevalence of the English language has had enormous effects on people throughout the world. Although English-speaking cultures still maintain their local vernaculars, English is constantly being learned as a second or a third language for many different purposes. The benefits of learning English have cut across scientific, technological, economic, educational, cultural and political arenas. Global companies are also continuing to stress the importance of English proficiency, as it is predominantly being used today as a lingua franca of the globalised world.

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Can Britain Claim Greater 'Soft Power' Thanks to Iron Maiden?

Can Britain Claim Greater 'Soft Power' Thanks to Iron Maiden? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

[...] And the UK is also very good at soft power, probably second only to the US globally. In part this is because of the power of the English language as the global lingua franca of business. I have personally had jobs, based in London, for German and French companies where employees working in those countries had to speak English to get a job - can you imagine the uproar if French was required as standard to get a job in London?

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English-language learners face shortage of teachers, and successful bilingual programs

English-language learners face shortage of teachers, and successful bilingual programs | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

School-age children who speak a language other than English at home are one of the fastest-growing populations. Their numbers doubled between 1980 and 2009, and they now make up 21 percent of school-age kids.

There were 4.7 million students classified as “English language learners” – those who have not yet achieved proficiency in English – in the 2009-10 school year, or about 10 percent of children enrolled, according to ...

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IDEA International Dialects of English Archive

The International Dialects of English Archive was created in 1997 as the first online archive of primary-source recordings of English dialects and accents as heard around the world.  Welcome to the redesigned 2012 Website.

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Have a look at this really useful and continuously expanding site, a rich database of English dialects (from all around the Kachruvian Circles). really useful for EFL teachers, and, most certainly, for ELFers!

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Margaret Thatcher 'wanted to teach Sarah Palin to speak proper English' and help the Mama Grizzly improve her 'raw political talent'

Margaret Thatcher 'wanted to teach Sarah Palin to speak proper English' and help the Mama Grizzly improve her 'raw political talent' | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

“One thing that I know, because I know people who know her, is when Sarah Palin first burst on the scene, she wanted to have a meeting with Palin,” Coulter said. “Because she saw raw political talent, but wanted to teach Sarah Palin to do what she did. I just know it from friends of hers,” adding that Thatcher wanted to teach Palin “to speak proper English.”

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Future of English Language in India

No G20 country, apart from India, promotes English at the cost of their own native language. Without India, English becomes a tribal Anglo-Saxon language. ... 

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Vlad Rassypninsky's curator insight, April 15, 2013 11:32 PM

India needs not less English but more. To start with, the struggle for independence in a country with almost 500 ethnic languages wouldn't have been possible without the unifying role of the English language. The linguistic policies of the first independent government of India to replace English in 15 years as part of decolonization were not successful due to a number of reasons but mostly because such policies could have led to language wars and, possibly, even to partitioning of the country. India's getting into the G 20 and its recent economic growth are due to its use of English as its business language in times of unprecedented internationalization of economic ties.

The urge to acquire English skills comes from below, and suppressing it would be counterproductive, since it would be seen by many as an attempt to keep English as the language of the priviliged. The spread of English should not be regarded as a menace to India's rich cultural and linguistic heritage. English in India has the function of intercultural and interlinguistic means of communication both inside the country and abroad. The other languages are important as markers of cultural and ethnic identities.   

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How foreign languages mutate English words

How foreign languages mutate English words | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

It's no secret that English borrows freely — steals, actually — from other languages. And you're probably familiar with at least a few words from English that have been borrowed into other languages — for instance, le weekend in French. But do you know just how much English words can be changed when they're taken on by other languages? Consider these odd examples:

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Quebec’s War on English: Language Politics Intensify in Canadian Province | TIME.com

Quebec’s War on English: Language Politics Intensify in Canadian Province | TIME.com | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

To live in Quebec is to become accustomed to daily reminders that French in the Canadian province is the most regulated language in the world. [...] Last year, the City of Montreal erected 60 English safety signs nearby Anglophone schools in an effort to slow passing vehicles. The Quebec Board of the French Language and its squad of inspectors ordered that they be taken down; a snowy drive through town revealed that all had been replaced by French notices.

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Malaysia: Is Co-Teaching Effective for English Language Learners?

Malaysia: Is Co-Teaching Effective for English Language Learners? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
This month, around 120 teachers and administrators from 110 schools participated in a co-teaching training program designed to encourage cooperation between native and non-native English teachers. Run by the state Education Department and Brighten...
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Native-speaker mania...

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Mon Dieu! Newest French guardian is a Brit who sees English as a menace

Mon Dieu! Newest French guardian is a Brit who sees English as a menace | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The newest official guardian of the French language has spoken: English, he says, is jumping the barricades and threatening the language of Molière. He should know. He’s British — the first from his nation to become one of the 40 esteemed “immortals” of the Académie française, the institution that has watched over the French language since 1635.

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Vlad Rassypninsky's curator insight, April 10, 2013 11:50 PM

By urging French academics to write and publish exclusively in French as 'la plus belle langue du monde', Michael Edwards is doing a bad service both to France and to the world by dooming the French academia to oblivion through cultural isolation. English, as a language of science par excellence, started to establish itself already in the 60s of the 20th century when science was multipolar. In the age of globalization, however, science cannot be local or national or regional, it can be only international, or rather global. To have an access to the world science area one must write and publish in the language of globalization, that is English.   

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Booze and Bungalows: Global Roots of English Go on Show

Booze and Bungalows: Global Roots of English Go on Show | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Zombies, booze and bungalow - three words demonstrating the worldwide roots of English, a language whose global impact goes on show in a new London exhibition.
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Introduce English in Madrasas: Muslim scholars

Madrasas should modernise and introduce English and other advance subjects in their teachings to keep pace with the modern world, prominent Muslim scholars said in Jaipur.
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