Thanks to everyone who joined us in London yesterday for our seminar, the last in the 2013-14 series hosted by the British Council–and thanks also to those who watched online! This is the first time one of our presentations has been livestreamed across the world and we were delighted with the high turnout both in person and online. We hope you all enjoyed the event as much as we did!
We referred to a number of other scholars in the field of English as a lingua franca throughout the presentation, whose work and words have impacted our own understanding, such as:
“[ELF can be defined as] any use of English among speakers of different first languages for whom English is the communicative medium of choice, and often the only option.” (Seidlhofer, 2011:7)
“Teaching pronunciation for ELF is primarily about re-thinking goals and re-defining error, as opposed to modifying classroom practice.” (Walker, 2010:71)
“Speakers who find themselves together in an attempt to accomplish a particular task, the successful accomplishment of which is to their mutual advantage, will be instrumentally motivated to facilitate communication in order to achieve a successful outcome.” (Jenkins, 2000:170)
You can view and download our presentation slides here, and download the accompanying handout by clicking here. The handout provided links and references for the various blog posts, research and activities that we mentioned in the seminar, which you can also find below. There are also official photos available here.
For those who were unable to attend or join the livestream, the British Council have made the recording available online, which you can watch by clicking here. (This link will automatically start the video at the beginning of our presentation, but if you would also like to watch our colleague Richard Cauldwell‘s presentation given earlier the same evening, just drag the time slider back to the beginning of the video.)
- How to do a needs analysis with a multilingual group
- How to identify areas of overlap among different first languages (in a multilingual class)
- What is the Lingua Franca Core?
- What is nuclear stress? How can I practise nuclear stress placement in class?
- How to filter coursebook content to suit an ELF approach (examples from elementary, pre-intermediate, intermediate and upper-intermediate levels of New Cutting Edge)
- Exposing learners to a wider range of speakers/accents: TED talks, YouTube clips and alternative models for students
- Links to external websites which feature authentic audio recordings of a wide range of accents of English
Jenkins, J. (2000) The phonology of English as an International Language: New models, new norms, new goals. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Seidlhofer, B. (2011) Understanding English as a Lingua Franca. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Walker, R. (2010) Teaching the pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca. Oxford: Oxford University Press.