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Report: Vt. roads improve - Rutland Herald

Report: Vt. roads improve - Rutland Herald | Stimulus Project (ARRA) in the US | Scoop.it
Report: Vt. roads improve
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Improving bridges and roads should be a prime concern for the US. After all, we'd be protecting the safety and transportation of the country while making jobs for construction workers and buying US steel! I'm glad somebody else realizes this besides Former PA Governor, Ed Rendell and of course, the late President Ike Eisenhower.

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Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada - "To ELF or not to ELF?" (English as a Lingua Franca): that's the question for Applied Linguistics in a globalized world

Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada - "To ELF or not to ELF?" (English as a Lingua Franca): that's the question for Applied Linguistics in a globalized world | Stimulus Project (ARRA) in the US | Scoop.it

The realization that there are today more nonnative speakers than native speakers of English in the world with institutionalized and nativized varieties as well as their own specific communicative, cultural and pragmatic competencies has led to the rethinking of present-day practices in teaching, teacher preparation, and the writing of textbooks. Jenkins' publications (2000, 2003) dealing with the phonology of English and material for teaching English as an international language along with her book English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) (2007) call for the disengagement of the language from Anglo-American native speaker norms. This line of research presents serious questions for Applied Linguistics (AL) and English Language Teaching (ELT) that will, if implemented, entail major changes in that endeavor. The winds of change may indeed be beneficial for some and a threat to others. I argue in this paper for an open mindset with respect to the issues and to the new state of affairs in this globalized world today.


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Joffre (J.D.) Meyer's insight:

Sounds great. What if some of my Developmental English textbook chapter sections would be more acceptable to a non-American audience? Should they be banned here and unnoticed elsewhere? 

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Joffre (J.D.) Meyer's comment, August 17, 2012 8:48 AM
This is a great contention. English is the most popular language in the world already descended from three major sources: German, Latin, and French. English will continue to evolve with influence from other countries. Items first found in Europe kept similar sounding names in Asian languages, such as Vietnamese. Japanese includes an entire alphabet--katakana--for foreign words.
Joffre (J.D.) Meyer's curator insight, July 8, 2013 10:25 AM

Let's hope this means a topic of little interest in EastTexas may be really popular in other parts of the world!