Understanding English as a Lingua Franca e-book

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A clear explanation of the theories and principles underlying English as a Lingua Franca studies and how they relate to other areas of research.

The number of English speakers in the world continues to grow, but the vast majority are non-native speakers using English to communicate with each other, rather than with native speakers.

This book examines the use of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) from various perspectives. It explores the various ways in which ELF represents a challenge to the predominance of the native-speaker model, as well as its implications for other fields of linguistic research and for English language teaching.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-442620-6
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  • Print Length (pages): 264

The number of English speakers in the world continues to grow, but the vast majority are non-native speakers using English to communicate with each other, rather than with native speakers.

This book examines the use of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) from various perspectives. It explores the various ways in which ELF represents a challenge to the predominance of the native-speaker model, as well as its implications for other fields of linguistic research and for English language teaching.

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Key features

  • Gives a clear explanation of the theories and principles underlying ELF studies and how they relate to other areas of research, such as second language acquisition, sociolinguistic variation, and World Englishes
  • Accessible and relevant to a wide range of readers: applied linguists (especially sociolinguists), master's students, teacher trainers and teachers, and anybody with an interest in the English language and how it is used worldwide.
  • The author is a leading authority in ELF and the book addresses and brings up to date many aspects of her thinking and research in this field.
  • The book is grounded in practical research. The author is founding director of the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English (VOICE), the first freely-accessible computer-corpus of interactions in English as a lingua franca. Reference is made to this data throughout.
  • Includes a final chapter addressing the potential practical implications of work on ELF for English language teaching.

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A clear explanation of the theories and principles underlying English as a Lingua Franca studies and how they relate to other areas of research.

The number of English speakers in the world continues to grow, but the vast majority are non-native speakers using English to communicate with each other, rather than with native speakers.

This book examines the use of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) from various perspectives. It explores the various ways in which ELF represents a challenge to the predominance of the native-speaker model, as well as its implications for other fields of linguistic research and for English language teaching.

Contents

The book consists of eight chapters:

Chapter 1 - What is this thing called English? explores issues of definition, including the key distinction between English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF).

Chapter 2 - Assumptions and presumptions discusses the construct of native-speaker authority and the contradictions this entails.

Chapter 3 - Standard English and real English includes an analysis of the notions of 'Nativeness' and 'Foreignness' among different speakers of English

Chapter 4 - Reconceptualizing 'English' includes sections on the sociolingusitics of ELF and on concepts of 'variety' and community in ELF and 'World Englishes'

Chapter 5 - The dynamics of ELF usage looks at the relationship between native-speaker usage patterns and those of ELF speakers, as well as the values attributed to them.

Chapter 6 - Form and function in ELF explores the relationship between ELF and idiomatic language

Chapter 7 - Designing English as an International Language discusses the implications of ELF for language planning. It gives a historical perspective by describing and analysing earlier proposals for defining international versions of English such as 'Nuclear English' and 'Basic English'.

Chapter 8 - ELF and English Language teaching addresses the implications of ELF for teacher education and teaching practice.