English as a Lingua Franca: What challenges do ELF users face?

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This year´s Business English SIG Pre-Conference Event (on the 22nd March) focuses on the issue of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and asks what we, as Business English trainers, should be teaching when we´re dealing with learners who are operating in ELF contexts or frequently using ELF.

To kick off our discussions about ELF and what we should be teaching, we would like you to share your experiences in response to these two questions:

What challenges do ELF users often face? How can we help them to overcome these challenges?

Mercedes and I are looking forward to hearing what you have to say.

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Hi everyone,
Good to see this thread being started on the IATEFL Forum.

As some of you already know, there has been a series of interviews under the name of 'Devil's Advocate' which I have been posting on my blog. Each instalment sees a new person in the hot seat being challenged on an area in teaching or teacher training that they are passionate about.

This time, the devil challenges Vicki Hollett on the pedagogic implications of English as a Lingua Franca in preparation for the IATEFL BESIG PCE in Glasgow.

So have a read and comments would be much appreciated!

http://chiasuanchong.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/devils-advocate-vs-vicki-h...

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the PCE in Glasgow!

Chia

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It was truly a nice presentation on dogme research project. I had gone through this. I liked the way I have presented your ideas. It was superb.

Thanks Chia for the link here.

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I've just read Chia's DA session with Vicki Hollett. It's a must read before attending the BESIG PCE on March 19th.

#ELTCHAT discussed ELF on April 6th 2011.

http://eltchat.pbworks.com/w/page/38720207/ELF%20%28English%20as%20a%20L...

Scott Thornbury's post on ELF is also a recommended read before the SIG event: http://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/2011/04/03/e-is-for-elf/

Look forward to seeing you all in Glasgow!

Bethany Cagnol
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Thanks Chia and Bethany for the links to excellent sources of information!
This is Andi White intertwining Vicki Hollet on the topic of English as a Lingua Franca: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlABjaZ4l2g&feature=g-user&context=G27798...

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Thanks, really interesting and vital background reading.

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Hi everyone

Another year, another IATEFL conference :-)

Just wanted to add that, like Chia, I've also blogged on ELF and BELF :-)

BELF 101: http://englishfortheworkplace.blogspot.com/2011/01/belf-101.html

The Challenge of TELF: http://englishfortheworkplace.blogspot.com/2012/03/challenge-of-tefl.html

And Helen Strong has also blogged on the subject here

http://www.business-spotlight.de/blogs/helen-strong/what-is-belf

Best wishes

Evan

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Thanks Evan.
It's a really fascinating topic and it’s really interesting to read and hear what teachers and researches have to say about it.

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Hi everyone

Have also blogged a bit about BELF, but it is more a cry for help than anything constructive :)

http://ydnacblog.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/help/

See you all soon.

Candy

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I think that we have to decide what will be useful to them in the business world
It is not a one size fits all some people need to know language for deciding trends some do not for them it is how to conduct a conference call. Neither is it just about language its about business practices in other countries/cultures

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Thanks for the great links and resources. They are great reading ahead of the PCE.

I know what you mean about feeling the need for help to navigate your way through ELF, Candy. Personally, I think focusing on the context your learners are operating in: who they have contact with, what they have to do in English, language specific to the field they work in, is a good place to start, as Yvonne is suggesting.

Best regards,

Claire

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Hi everybody,
Here you can watch Chia Suan's interview after the BESIG PCE

http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2012/sessions/2012-03-19/interview-chia...

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Hi everybody,

Thanks for posting the Chia´s video interview, Mercedes.

There´s already been some reaction to what Chia Suan Chong had to say about ELF after yesterday´s PCE on the blogosphere:

Eduardo Santos on ELT Bakery gives us a summary of what Chia said: http://eltbakery.edublogs.org/2012/03/20/politeness-pragmatics-and-elf-c...

Business English trainer, Phil Wade, shares his thoughts on what she said on his blog:
http://eflthoughtsandreflections.wordpress.com/

If you were at the PCE yesterday or watched the video interview with Chia, what are your thoughts?

Best,

Claire

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Hi everybody,

Through twitter I could follow some of what Vicki Hollet shared during the BESIG PCE:

@vickihollett says we have a tendency to teach the black & whites and we need to explore the greys a bit more e.g. ambiguity
Most of the time we are not direct. How do we achieve clarity? @vickihollett is taking about directness and ambiguity.
Use of 'Are you saying that...?' could sound aggressive to NSs but could just be used to clarify meaning for NNSs
Facilitation payments' meaning 'bribes' and 'being selective in what he said' meaning 'lying'!
says that ELF users need to accommodate by calibrating their speech like the way English teachers grade our language.
It isn't the linguistic choice but the context & the status of the interlocutors that differentiate requests from orders.

Any comments? or
Any contributions from participants?

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really best presentation inspired me ... :)

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You can now watch Vicki Hollet's interview here:
http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2012/sessions/2012-03-21/interview-v%C3...

Enjoy it

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Glad to see ELF issues being discussed here as well as in the Global Issues SIG forum!

I'm interested in the implications of ELF for internationalising unversities, including for the UK students studying there. I've worked with some of my students to create an awareness-raising activity that takes a discourse analytic approach to international communication. Our online ELF tutorial is here:

www.englishlinguafranca.com

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Hi Rachel,
thank you very much for the link, really intresting approach.
I'll check it in more detail.
Thanks
Mercedes

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HI,
There's an interesting blog post on pronunciation, it states:
Adult students of language should be guided by the “intelligibility principle,” not the old “nativeness principle.”

You can read it here: http://ideas.time.com/2012/04/04/how-to-speak-like-a-native/#ixzz1rGLlDYhJ

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Rachel Wicaksono delivered a presentation on Raising awareness of ELF in an internationalising university. You can read the abstract and check the slides here: http://iatefl.britishcouncil.org/2012/sessions/2012-03-21/raising-awaren...

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I've just watched a BBC Word of Mouth episode on English as a Lingua Franca: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b013q210/Word_of_Mouth_English_As_a...

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