Next CGE seminar: International English-language university entry tests: are they fit for purpose?

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, ‘International English-language university entry tests: are they fit for purpose?’ and will be led by Professor Jennifer Jenkins from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
My talk will begin by exploring some empirical data in which international students discuss their views of the international English language university entry tests. I will go on to consider what I believe to be lacking in the content of such tests, in particular, evidence of an awareness of the sociolinguistic implications of the global spread of English, and of recent findings in relevant areas of applied- and socio-linguistic research. I will argue that while all these areas point to a need for change, research into English as a lingua franca (ELF) has the greatest relevance for international English language entry tests because international universities are, by definition, sites of ELF use. Having briefly discussed the notion of ELF, I will turn to some of the most prominent international tests currently in use, in order to examine the extent to which they are fit for the purpose of assessing potential (non-native English) international students’ suitability for study in an international university environment. I will conclude by considering what types of changes these tests need to embrace in order to better reflect the international nature of university environments.

Open seminar: Perspectives on intercultural communication and intercultural communicative competence

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An open seminar hosted by the CGE, CLLEAR, TNS and MEXSU entitled ‘Perspectives on intercultural communication and intercultural communicative competence’ will take place on Wednesday 11th November 2015 from 5:00-6:30pm at Avenue Campus, Building 65, Lecture Theatre C. In this panel discussion, Professor Marion Demossier, Dr Will Baker and Dr Karin Zotzmann from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton will each discuss their own approach to these notions, after which they will join in discussion with the audience. All welcome!

Here is a further description of the context of this seminar:

In our age of superdiversity and unprecedented mobility (both actual and virtual, and temporary and permanent), communication across language and cultural boundaries has become the norm for many of us. Intercultural communication has therefore become a practical necessity in a wide range of settings around the globe, and as a result, intercultural communication and intercultural communicative competence have become key areas of theorisation and research within applied and socio-linguistics.

Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “Chinese university students’ ELF awareness: Impacts of language education in China”

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 14th October 2015 from 5 – 7pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Chinese university students’ ELF awareness: Impacts of language education in China” and will be delivered by Dr Ying Wang from Modern Languages at the University of Southampton. All welcome! Read more…

Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “Reconceptualising grammar for a pedagogy of Global Englishes”

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 29th April 2015 from 5:00 – 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Reconceptualising grammar for a pedagogy of Global Englishes” and will be delivered by Christopher J Hall from York St John University. All welcome! Read more…

Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “English as a Lingua Franca in Asia: Suggestions for ELT/ELF Policy and Pedagogy”

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 22nd April 2015 from 5:00 – 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “English as a Lingua Franca in Asia: Suggestions for ELT/ELF Policy and Pedagogy” and will be delivered by Andy Kirkpatrick from Griffith University. All welcome! Read more…

CGE seminar tomorrow: “Without English this is just not possible…”: studies of language policy and practice in international universities from Europe and Asia

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 18th February 2015, from 5:00-7:00pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, “Without English this is just not possible…”: studies of language policy and practice in international universities from Europe and Asia, and will be led by Julia Hüttner and Will Baker from Modern Languages, University of Southampton. All welcome! Read more…

CGE seminar tomorrow: “Rethinking competence: goals for lingua franca pedagogy and teacher education”

The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place tomorrow, Wednesday 4th February 2015, from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, ‘Rethinking competence: goals for lingua franca pedagogy and teacher education’, and will be led by Andrew Blair, University of Sussex. All welcome! Read more…

Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “A Squash and a Squeeze: Timetabling ELF in teacher training courses”

The next Centre for Global Englishes seminar will take place on Wednesday 3 December from 5:00pm – 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “A Squash and a Squeeze: Timetabling ELF in teacher training courses” and will be delivered by Dr Martin Dewey (King’s College London), a leading researcher into English as a lingua franca-related pedagogy. All welcome! Read more…

Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “English as a lingua franca – Broken English?”

The first Centre for Global Englishes seminar of the academic year will take place on Wednesday 15th October 2014 from 5:00pm-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled “English as a lingua franca – Broken English?” and will be delivered by Professor Anna Mauranen from the University of Helsinki. All welcome!

CGE seminar today: Intelligibility and Misunderstanding in ELF

The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place this evening (Wednesday 5th March) from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, ‘Intelligibility and Misunderstanding in ELF’, and will be led by David Deterding from the University of Brunei Darussalam. All welcome!