English as an international lingua franca in education
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Non-English speakers outperforming natives in exams

Non-English speakers outperforming natives in exams | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
In four of the seven local authorities in the region, pupils whose first language isn’t English outperform native speakers in getting 5 A*-C grades at GCSE
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Al-Qa'ida unveils new English-language terror magazine

Al-Qa'ida unveils new English-language terror magazine | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
Al-Qa'ida has unveiled its plans for a new web-based, English-language magazine.
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Bank employee loses job due to poor English - The Times of India

Bank employee loses job due to poor English - The Times of India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

A fourth grade employee of a nationalized Bank has lost his job because he is was not competent in English. The reason behind his laying off was that he was unable to write digits in English, a desirable skill in all Indian banks. "Writing digits in Roman script in a bank is a must. Enormous problems can arise from a single digit difference," reasoned bank manager Narendra Paswan.

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The English language needs and priorities of young adults in Europe: a survey

The English language needs and priorities of young adults in Europe: a survey | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

What are the English language needs and priorities of young adults in Europe? What kinds of English do 18-24 year olds want to speak, and why? Has the development of new technologies and online communication affected the ways in which young adults use English, and if so, how? Has the emergence of English as an international Lingua Franca affected people’s sense of their own identity? And what might this mean for English language teaching and learning? Northumbria University and King’s College London (both UK), in conjunction with the British Council, are surveying student and teacher perceptions of the English language needs of young adults in Europe, and the implications of this for English language teaching.

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Pupils with English as a second language 'outperform native speakers' - Telegraph

Pupils with English as a second language 'outperform native speakers' - Telegraph | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Department for Education figures show that pupils who have English as a second language are more likely to gain the "English Baccalaureate" than native speakers.

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caroline fernandez's curator insight, October 23, 2014 12:37 AM

This article talks about how those students that speak another language tend to score higher in core subject tests.

Shannon Collingwood's comment, October 28, 2014 6:28 PM
I really enjoyed this article. I can see how knowing more than one language can expand how much a brain can handle
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Why are Japanese so bad at English?

Why are Japanese so bad at English? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Everywhere they look, most of the words are still in Japanese. The majority of the people look Japanese. It’s like the rest of the world doesn’t exist, except on TV. The chances of a Japanese person having to use English appears to be about on par with needing an abacus. So in the schools it gets scarcely more attention than Art class or P.E., not that those aren’t also great subjects. I recently asked a class of university English majors how they intended to use English and their answers fell within the narrow range of “I don’t” to “I want to have foreign friends.” It’s like a mildly interesting hobby.

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There can be no native speaker of English: Linguist - The Times of India

There can be no native speaker of English: Linguist - The Times of India | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

If English is an international language, there can be no native speaker of the tongue, argued linguist Julian Edge here on Friday. ... English, emphasis is often on accuracy, fluency and the social appropriateness of certain forms. However, the flexibility to communicate with people who do not speak English exactly the way you were taught to speak is equally important.

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Angela Merkel speaks to UK Parliament in English about EU

Angela Merkel speaks to UK Parliament in English about EU | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The German chancellor told British MPs that she had heard several times there were "very special expectations of my speech here today". But Angela Merkel said both sides of the argument on Europe would be disappointed by her speech as she delivered an historic address to both Houses of Parliament and spoke about Britain relations with the EU.

Most of her speech was in German, but part of it was in English.

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Why Every Tech Company Needs An English Major

Why Every Tech Company Needs An English Major | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

It's an increasingly tired meme that we need more STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) graduates. Of course we do. Research shows we need more qualified workers to accommodate an economy that's increasingly reliant on engineering skills. But there's something else we need: English majors. Why? Because as important as the technology is that powers our lives, businesses also depend on liberal arts-centric communicators to articulate why the technology matters. Indeed, every technology company, and certainly every startup trying to make its imprint on the world, needs English majors. Perhaps many.

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Language of air travel: How traffic control keeps you safe

Language of air travel: How traffic control keeps you safe | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Communication mix ups between pilots and traffic controllers occur daily. Here's why you're still safe. . . .  "Pilot and air traffic controller radiotelephony communication is an important part of training leading up to licensing for both functions," says an ICAO spokesperson. "ICAO guidance requires that both controllers and pilots use standardized phraseology in their communication exchanges. "ICAO is continuously reviewing and updating its standardized phraseology guidelines to better meet the needs of the air transport system and ICAO language proficiency requirements have been in place since March 2008." . . .

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Laos wants teachers, students to boost English, IT skills

Laos wants teachers, students to boost English, IT skills | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The Laotian Ministry of Education and Sports and IIG Education are working together to boost English-language proficiency and information-technology skills among teachers and students to international standards.

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A Growing Number Of Firms Worldwide Are Adopting English As Their Official Language - Business insider

A Growing Number Of Firms Worldwide Are Adopting English As Their Official Language - Business insider | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Lenovo is one of a growing number of multinationals from the non-Anglophone world that have made English their official language. The fashion began in places with small populations but global ambitions such as Singapore (which retained English as its lingua franca when it left the British empire in 1963), the Nordic countries and Switzerland. Goran Lindahl, a former boss of ABB, a Swiss-Swedish engineering giant, once described its official language as "poor English". The practice spread to the big European countries: numerous German and French multinationals now use English in board meetings and official documents. . . .  Native English speakers often assume that the spread of their language in global corporate life confers an automatic advantage on them. In fact it can easily encourage them to rest on their laurels. Too many of them (especially Englishmen, your columnist keeps being told) risk mistaking their fluency in meetings for actual accomplishments.

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More than a language - Mumbai Mirror -

More than a language - Mumbai Mirror - | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Over the last few decades, a new understanding has emerged: English is more a skill than a language, it is universally Indian in character, a lingua franca that binds businesses across the country. It connects India to the world and is now seen as a social cum professional enabler. The numbers showcase the importance. Only 4 per cent Indians are fluent in English; those who speak the language fluently earn up to 34 per cent more than those who cannot, according to study conducted by Centre for Research and Debates in Development Policy and National Council for Applied Economic Research.

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8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today

8 pronunciation errors that made the English language what it is today | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
David Shariatmadari: Think hyperbole rhymes with Super Bowl? Don't worry, it could be the start of something beautiful
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The Many Origins of the English Language

The Many Origins of the English Language | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it
In Borrowed Words: A History of Loanwords in English, I examine how words borrowed from different languages have influenced English throughout its history. The above feature summarizes some of the main data from the book, focusing on the 14 sources that have given the most words to English, as reflected...
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This is a really interesting, informative and interactive display.

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Gambia 'to shift away from English'

Gambia 'to shift away from English' | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Gambia's president has said that he wants to implement a policy change that would shift the country's language from English to a local language. Yahya Jammeh said that "we no longer subscribe to the belief that for you to be a government you should speak English language" He spoke during the swearing-in ceremony of Gambia's new chief justice. He made the announcement months after the West African country announced it is withdrawing from the Commonwealth, a collection of 54 nations made up largely of former British colonies.

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Jury out on whether Israeli law schools should teach in English too - National

Jury out on whether Israeli law schools should teach in English too - National | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

A committee examining the possibility of introducing English instruction in Israeli law schools has failed to reach agreement, and instead has submitted two contradictory opinions. . . .However, they suggested equalizing the admission requirements in the English and Hebrew programs, and stipulated that the number of students in the English program should not exceed half of the students in the Hebrew one. They also said the reading material should be identical in both programs and the English-language one must focus on Israeli law.

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Englishnization: Not Just for Rakuten Anymore

Englishnization:  Not Just for Rakuten Anymore | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

When I announced my plan to make English the official language of my Tokyo-based company, a lot of people said I was crazy. At least one fellow Japanese businessman said I was stupid. But three years later...

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Morocco’s police officers to learn English and Spanish

Morocco’s police officers to learn English and Spanish | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

In an effort to modernize the methods used by the directorate, national security officials announced in a press conference that the agents and the officers of the urban police corps will receive in-service training. In addition to continuous vocational training, the police officers will learn English and Spanish.

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Does English have to be used in transnational HE? - University World News

Does English have to be used in transnational HE? - University World News | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

European universities have introduced more than 6,400 programmes taught in English to achieve internationalisation objectives, such as recruiting more international students and improving the employability of graduates.

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Jerusalem Municipality to teach taxi drivers English

Jerusalem Municipality to teach taxi drivers English | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

The city of Jerusalem, in cooperation with representatives of taxi drivers in the city, are set to begin providing 60 hours of  English lessons to drivers to help them improve customer service to tourists.

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Global Theology in English: Promising or Problematic?

Global Theology in English: Promising or Problematic? | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Common language fosters global dialogue. And theology is not the only discipline that benefits from widespread English usage. Understandably, many do not welcome this trend. For instance, a recent study investigated the perceptions of Spanish scientists toward the prevalence of English in scientific discourse. Participants responded with resignation. As the researchers explain, "A surprisingly high proportion of subjects (83 percent) believe there is a need for one international language of science." At the same time, 96 percent of participants said the current system privileges native English speakers. Historically speaking, English is not the first language to function in this role as a common language that transcends borders and cultures. For instance, Persian, Sanskrit, and Arabic have also done so in certain times and places. Likewise, much of the church developed and communicated its theology through Greek and Latin. And today's theology students must study still more languages in their work, such as Hebrew, German, and French. In every case the language shaped the discourse in ways we cannot always comprehend.

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English at the Olympics

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Many people would agree that English is the language of globalization. English is almost always adopted as the official language of international events, including the Olympic Games. It does not mean, however, that the presumed global status of English is wholeheartedly accepted as I learned from over one thousand comments on a recent newspaper article about the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. 

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Any reason for Muhyiddin thrilled, Only 37 per cent of English teachers on par with UK counterparts

Any reason for Muhyiddin thrilled, Only 37 per cent of English teachers on par with UK counterparts | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

Should Malaysians be proud that only 37 per cent of teachers trained to teach English in the country have a high level of proficiency on par with their counterparts in the United Kingdom? Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin seems to be elated by this level of competency among English-language teachers in the country. One wonders what the proficiency level of the remaining 63 per cent of English-language teachers is.

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How can World Englishes benefit from crowdsourcing? | OxfordWords blog

How can World Englishes benefit from crowdsourcing? | OxfordWords blog | English as an international lingua franca in education | Scoop.it

One type of language that can potentially benefit from crowdsourced lexicography is World Englishes. One major stumbling block towards the balanced and comprehensive coverage of less widely used varieties of English in general-purpose dictionaries is the lack of textual evidence for them: published material in postcolonial English-speaking countries such as India, Singapore, and the Philippines still follow British or American standards, and there are as yet very few language corpora for these varieties that are large enough for lexicographical research. The crowdsourcing model can solve this problem by making it possible to gather word data for World Englishes directly from its speakers.

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