What English? What norms? What strategies? University students’ perceptions of the role of ELF in negotiating effective verbal communication

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In response to the assumption that the widespread of English as a lingua franca has posed a threat to national languages and to multilingualism in Europe, House (2003) has made the positive case of ELF as a hybrid language for communication, calling for both individual and social perspectives to examine how English fulfils certain functions in human experiences. Other researchers are known to have endorsed the term ELF in a more radical fashion with the argument to establish ELF as a variety in its own right (Jenkins, 2000.; Jenkins, 2006, 2007; Seidlhofer, 2004; Seidlhofer, Breiteneder, & Pitzl, 2006). Following from these trends of advocacy of ELF, very recently a number of studies have started to investigate the educational and pedagogical implications of the concept of ELF by focusing on the teachers/educators' opinions on the role of ELF and on applying ELF in language teaching practices (Lai, 2008; Sifakis, 2009; Suzuki, 2010; Young & Walsh, 2010). Yet, it appears that there has been relatively little information about how the students conceptualize the changing role of English as a global language in relation to their communicative practices and language development in their own terms.

This paper is based on an on-going study that seeks to obtain the Flemish university language students' views on using English as a lingua franca for effective verbal communication with others. The purposes are twofold. The first aim is to find out the extent of the students' existing awareness and knowledge of the evolving place of English as a lingua franca through their daily experiences of engagement with English, both within and outside the university. The second focus is on what they identify as features of and useful strategies in negotiating effective verbal communication through the mediation of ELF. The research instruments are questionnaire and focus group interviews. It is expected that results from this study will provide useful insights into the course development and curriculum design aiming to enhance the students' communicative capabilities in English in international contexts of interaction.
Originele taal-2English
TitelBAAHE (Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education) Annual Congress, Institut Libre Marie Haps, December 4: Brussels, Belgium.
StatusPublished - 2010

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