English as an international lingua franca in education
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Brazil's Cabbies Get Free English Lessons Before The World Cup

Brazil's Cabbies Get Free English Lessons Before The World Cup | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The 2014 FIFA World Cup finals will be held in Brazil in less than a month, which is why the country’s taxi drivers have started to brush up on their English skills. So far, 2,000 of the nation’s 40,000 cab drivers have signed up, which entitles them to three months of free lessons.

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The only way to fight Denglisch is with English - The Local

The only way to fight Denglisch is with English - The Local | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Sick of hearing English words being mangled by Germans what feels like all the time, expat Harald Maidstone argues they should stop dubbing films and TV shows a ...

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French book publishers risk being lost in translation without global reach

French book publishers risk being lost in translation without global reach | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
France's literary market has great potential, yet big firms remain reluctant to learn the language of international rights trading
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Malaysia: "We used to be great" or: on "the need for English skills"

Malaysia: "We used to be great" or: on "the need for English skills" | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 — Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah today delivered a blunt message to graduates of University Teknologi Mara (UiTM) to press upon them the need for English skills and to decry the country’s fall from its halcyon days.

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Panjgur incident: Militant group threatens English-language schools – The Express Tribune

Panjgur incident: Militant group threatens English-language schools – The Express Tribune | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

An armed group based in Panjgur, Balochistan’s western district, has threatened 23 English Language Learning Centers to shut down and stop imparting co-education and teaching in English, which they say is ‘Haram (prohibited) in Islam’.

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Language purists in China call for end to English loan words

Language purists in China call for end to English loan words | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Three decades into China's opening up to the outside world, a growing number of loan words have been absorbed into daily use, ranging from Wi-Fi to GDP, NBA and VIP. The increased use of foreign words has sparked heated debate about the linguistic purity of the Chinese language. The discussion was initiated by the People's Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China, which criticized the influx of imported words for harming the purity and health of the Chinese language in an editorial last week.

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Will the UK universities cope if English no longer rules the world?

Will the UK universities cope if English no longer rules the world? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
British and American universities enjoy an enormous boost from our language's dominance. What if that were to change, asks Peter Scott
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Milan university to teach most degrees in English

Milan university to teach most degrees in English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The rector of one of Italy’s top universities in Milan is pushing ahead with a plan for degree courses to be taught in English despite a Lombardy court ruling. Twenty-nine out of 36 degree courses will be taught in English at the Politecnico di Milano from the start of the next academic year, La Repubblica reported. . . .

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Why some English words are controversial in China

Why some English words are controversial in China | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Nowadays, if you eavesdrop on Chinese people's phone conversations, it is commonplace to hear English phrases popping up here and there, like "Okay", "Cool" and "Bye bye" . . .

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Writing in English, Novelists Find Inventive New Voices

Writing in English, Novelists Find Inventive New Voices | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
An expanding flock of novelists is writing in second languages, enriching and expanding the literature of their host cultures.
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More UAE universities need to offer English language training in international law | The National

More UAE universities need to offer English language training in international law | The National | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Experts call for English courses in international law to enhance the legal profession in the eyes of students, as statistics show that only 9 per cent of graduates in Dubai studied law last year.
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RIP for OED as world's finest dictionary goes out of print - Telegraph

RIP for OED as world's finest dictionary goes out of print - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Compilers of the next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary fear the mammoth masterpiece can only appear online as printed volumes will not be commerically viable
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The cause? World Englishes.

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Can't read, won't buy- Why English is not enough to bring you global e-commerce success - e-commercefacts

Can't read, won't buy- Why English is not enough to bring you global e-commerce success - e-commercefacts | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

These findings contradict the longstanding assumption that many people on the web feel comfortable enough using English to buy products and services. 55% of the 3,002 respondents buy only at websites where information is presented in their language. For those with limited English, the preference for mother-tongue purchases increases to 80% or more. Key findings include...

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In Official Documents, Moroccan Minister Favors English Over French

In Official Documents, Moroccan Minister Favors English Over French | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The Minister of Parliamentary and Civil Relations El Habib Choubani used English, instead of French in the documents distributed at the closing ceremony of ...

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'Gate' named Germany's English word of the year - The Local

'Gate' named Germany's English word of the year - The Local | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The English suffix gate has been named Germany's Anglicism of the Year. The quirky, linguistic award honours the positive contributions English had made to . . .

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Teaching English in a global context - David Crystal interview

Teaching English in a global context - David Crystal interview | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Crystal will be one of the keynote speakers at the ELTForum (English Language Teaching Forum), which will take place on June 6-7, 2014 in Bratislava; he will speak on "The Future of Englishes". The ELTForum is a conference specifically designed for English teachers, aimed at developing pedagogical skills and reflecting new trends and expectations in the teaching of foreign languages. Other speakers include, among others, Maggie Kubayiova, Gabriela Lojová, Eva Vargová, Craig Huxley, Lejla Saric, Anita Adnan, Rakesh Bhanot.

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Johnson: Not just studying English, but in English

Johnson: Not just studying English, but in English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
THE world’s elite speaks English, so universities around the world are not only teaching English, but increasingly, teaching in English. A new report from the...
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The British Council report is available here: http://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/britishcouncil.uk2/files/english_as_a_medium_of_instruction.pdf, ;

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Portuguese-speaking Africa: is English the only option?

Portuguese-speaking Africa: is English the only option? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Language is a major challenge to the communication of science in Mozambique. Portuguese is an official language, but is only spoken by around five per cent of the population. Everyone else speaks a diverse number of local languages, and they are still figuring out how to translate and adapt science communication materials: first from the international language used for science, English, and then from Portuguese.

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English language use ‘most significant internationalisation trend for HE’

English language use ‘most significant internationalisation trend for HE’ | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
The use of English as the language of instruction is a “galloping phenomenon” across the world, according to a report.
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Former Taiwan presidential candidate launches English website

Former Taiwan presidential candidate launches English website | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Former Taiwan presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen launched an English-language website Tuesday to help English-speaking countries better understand Taiwan and her own political views.
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English jargon invading the French workplace - Telegraph

English jargon invading the French workplace - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
France's language police powerless to stem a flood of English and franglais from invading the office with jargon such as 'brainstorming'
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Report notes issues raised as English become global higher ed language

Report notes issues raised as English become global higher ed language | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

English has taken off as a global language in higher education -- as a "medium of instruction," not just a foreign language in those countries where English is not the first language, says a report released Tuesday evening here. But in many countries and at many institutions, key issues related to the expanded use of English have not been defined or, in some cases, even discussed.The report was released at Going Global, the annual international education meeting of the British Council. The report is based on a survey of university professors, university administrators and policy makers in 55 countries, including some where English is the primary language and many more where it is not. The British Council released summaries of findings, not details, which will follow. As an example of the kind of issue that needs addressing, the report discusses the views of professors -- who are fine teaching in English but not teaching English.

 

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English is becoming Vietnam’s lingua franca

English is becoming Vietnam’s lingua franca | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

English is becoming Vietnam’s lingua franca http://bit.ly/1nLmuzw #elt #esl #efl #elf #globalenglish #english

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The Himalayan Times : English: A medium of instruction in schools - Detail News : Nepal News Portal

KATHMANDU: Shakuntala Regmi has been teaching English to primary level students of Chitwan’s Aadikabi Bhanu Bhakta Higher Secondary School for the last 12 years. But a year ago, she switched her traditional teaching methodology to “a more interactive one”. Her newly adopted way of teaching “has helped to improve students’ English. Now almost all students speak in English..."

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Why the English novel is no longer English

Why the English novel is no longer English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Today's English literature reflects ethnic diversity and it's not just the current fashion. In early April, the Baileys Prize shortlist for fiction by women was announced. Although it is a UK-based prize, there are no authors who are sole citizens of the UK on the shortlist:

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