When I first came across the term ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) a few years ago, I literally thought it had something to do with, well...
And possibly the red-clothed bearded old man that delivers presents in December.
Even though quite a few years have passed since then, and ELF has become quite a trendy and hot topic in ELT circles, it seems to me little has changed. There are still many teachers who don't really know what ELF means.
If you're also struggling to get to grips with what all this ELF-related commotion is about, then this course is definitely for you.
This course is also for you, if...
...you've heard the term, but aren't too sure what it means;
...you want to know more about the global spread of English;
...you're wondering what relevance ELF has for you as a practising teacher, trainer or materials writer;
...you've been asking yourself whether teaching an international lingua franca might involve a different approach to teaching a foreign or second language.
And the last part is crucial, because this course is aimed at practising teachers.
Traditionally, all foreign languages have been taught with the 'native speaker' in mind, who was deemed the only appropriate language model and the ultimate goal of learning and teaching. However, the English language is different from the other foreign languages. It is a global means of communication.
This leads to a situation where over 80% of interactions in English take place between non-native speakers. Very often either no 'native speakers' are present, or if they are, they're in a minority.
This means that we might need to rethink not only how English is taught, but also which English.
What are you going to learn in this course?
By the end of the course:
1. ...you will have taken an in-depth look at ELF research, as well as some of the criticisms and controversies surrounding it;
2. ...you will have evaluated different research paradigms which try to make sense of the international nature of English;
3. ...you will understand what practical implications ELF has for ELT;
4. ...you will be better able to help your students be more intelligible in international contexts;
5. ...you will have critically evaluated the language models presented in course books and learnt how to adapt them to reflect the global nature of English;
6. ...you will have seen and created your own teaching materials that promote international English;
7. ...you will understand the importance of intercultural communicative competence and how to promote it in class.
So, by the end of the course, you will not only have read and reflected on the latest developments in ELT, but you will also walk away with an array of activities and a new ELF perspective to inform your practice.
So what exactly are you getting in the course?
Are you in? Click Enrol in Course now to dive into the fascinating world of global Englishes.
"I recently attended a session led by Marek focussing on ‘English as a Lingua Franca’. While ELF is something of a hot topic in English language teaching circles, Marek managed to keep the content down-to-earth, practical and relevant to real classrooms. He delivered the session with a mix of passion and genuine interest, linked with an empathy with the audience. TEFL Equity Advocates are doing some exciting things in ELT at the moment, with a nice mix of classroom ideas and global issue awareness-raising and I am happy to recommend their courses."
- Christopher Graham, Teacher trainer
I am a teacher, teacher trainer and founder of TEFL Equity Advocates. I have taught English in Latin America and in Europe, and am currently teaching at KU Leuven, Belgium. I hold a BA in English Philology, Cambridge CELTA and DELTA, and am now working towards a PhD in TESOL at the University of York, UK. I have delivered workshops, seminars and talks at many international conferences and events for English teachers in Europe and North America. I design and deliver f2f and on-line courses for English teachers at TEFL Equity Advocates. I also co-author a regular podcast about teaching and learning English at The TEFL Show.
"English has rapidly become a language with no single national provenance and for which there are increasingly few ‘native speakers’ (even if we could accurately describe what such a term means - something we are far from being able to do). Teaching students to speak this international language - this lingua franca - is a special task and we need training to help us understand how to do it. Marek Kiczkowiak, with his background and experience, is just the person to provide such training"
- Jeremy Harmer, ELT Writer and Trainer