Teaching English as a Lingua Franca: The Journey from EFL to ELF

Published on Dec 28, 2019in Elt Journal1.351
路 DOI :10.1093/elt/ccz033
Robin Walker2
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This article discusses the pedagogic relevance of recent theory and research in the use of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), particularly focusing on the implications of this field for language teacher education and development. Research in ELF has begun to pose some critical challenges to established principles and practice in English language teaching. The consensus among researchers is that ELF empirical data and theoretical discussions hold implications for all manner of professional concern...
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The concept of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) is the subject of much theoretical discussion and debate within ELT. However, little has been written concerning the history of ideas preceding it. This article discusses the concept of 鈥榥eutral English鈥 proposed in 1967 by the writer L.A. Hill. After summarizing Hill鈥檚 life and work, the article explores his idea for neutral English, noting its apparent similarities to modern ELF theory as well as the historical and contextual factors which distin...
#1Mayu Konakahara (Kanda University of International Studies)H-Index: 1
This chapter explores how Japanese university students (un)change their attitudes towards English and English communication through academic content courses which were designed to inform the perspective of English as a lingua franca (ELF) by conducting a qualitative analysis of the students鈥 voices. The present data are the students鈥 written documents collected at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of the semester. The analysis revealed a positive impact of the ELF-informed instruction...
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#2Keiko Tsuchiya (YCU: Yokohama City University)H-Index: 3
This is an introductory chapter to this book, which aims to explore English as a lingua franca (ELF) phenomenon in Japanese contexts from the perspectives of multilingualism. This chapter first provides a brief history of ELF research, and a recent shift in sociolinguistics and applied linguistics research from monolingual norms to multilingual norms where translanguaging and transcultural practices are ordinary. Sociocultural rationales of Japanese society are also described: that is becoming m...