Posts Tagged ‘English as a lingua franca’

  • The dominance of English: a view from Japan

    Posted by on May 14, 2013

    Our series on English as a lingua franca continues with a post from Japan. We asked Jim Ronald, Professor of English Linguistics at Hiroshima Shudo University, to provide a perspective on Japan’s engagement with English. Jim has discussed the subject with four of his students, and they give their views here. __________ What impact is […]

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  • Dominance of English: a view from Poland

    Posted by on April 04, 2013

    Our series on English as a lingua franca continues with a post by Jonathan Marks about Poland. Jonathan looks at the ways in which English influences the local language. ______________ Previous posts in this thread were from Denmark, Iceland and Germany, where the national languages are – like English – Germanic, and where, except in […]

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  • The dominance of English? A view from Italy

    Posted by on March 27, 2013

    Our series on the dominance of English continues with today’s guest post from Paola Vettorel. Paola was an EFL teacher and teacher-trainer in Italy before becoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Language and Literature at the University of Verona. Her main research interests include English as a lingua franca and its implications for […]

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  • “Come in and find out”: a view from Germany on the dominance of English

    Posted by on March 14, 2013

    Today’s guest post comes from Martina Bredenbröcker, Assistant Lecturer at the University of Paderborn, Germany. Originally a teacher at primary school level and co-author of Sally, a textbook for EFL at German primary schools, she is currently working on her PhD thesis in English Linguistics. __________ German has quite a tradition as the language of […]

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  • Coping with the dominance of English: a view from Iceland

    Posted by on March 07, 2013

    Following Michael Rundell’s post on International Mother Language Day, last week Lars Trap-Jensen discussed the role of English as a lingua franca in Denmark. This week we continue with the same topic – this time from an Icelandic point of view. Our guest blogger is Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, Assistant Professor at the Department of History […]

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  • Coping with the dominance of English: a view from Denmark

    Posted by on February 27, 2013

    Today’s guest post comes from Danish lexicographer Lars Trap-Jensen. Since 2004, Lars has been Managing Editor of Den Danske Ordbog (The Danish Dictionary) – a corpus-based dictionary of modern Danish – and of the website ordnet.dk, which gives access not only to the The Danish Dictionary and the big historical Dictionary of the Danish Language, […]

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  • Language, culture, and the dominance of English

    Posted by on February 21, 2013

    February 21st is UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day, which is intended to “encourage people to maintain their knowledge of their mother language while learning and using more than one language”. This annual event was established to commemorate a protest march at the University of Dhaka (in what is now Bangladesh, but was then in the […]

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  • Some thoughts on ELF

    Posted by on May 26, 2011

    Our next post in Business English month comes from Paul Emmerson. Paul is a writer, teacher, teacher-trainer and presenter working in the field of Business English. He runs his own website PaulEmmerson.com, which offers free resources to busy teachers. Here he looks at the interesting (and slightly controversial) topic of English as a Lingua Franca, […]

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