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CGE Research Seminar today: Launching the Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place today, Wednesday 11th October 2017 from 5:00pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar celebrates the launch of the Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca by Will Baker, Martin Dewey and Jennifer Jenkins. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Last month, Routledge published the first ever Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca. For our first research CGE seminar of this new year, we therefore decided that it would be appropriate to focus on the Handbook and its historic place in the development of ELF research. Jennifer Jenkins’s brief introduction will consider why such a Handbook was needed at this time in ELF’s trajectory and discuss the Handbook’s development. The three co-editors, Will Baker, Martin Dewey, and Jennifer Jenkins, will then each say a few words about their own Handbook chapter (respectively, ‘ELF and Intercultural Communication’, ‘ELF and Teacher Education’, and ‘The Future of ELF?’). This will be followed by a reception during which wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be served, and a copy of the Routledge Handbook of ELF will be raffled. For the purposes of the raffle, each member of the audience will be issued with a raffle ticket on arrival at the seminar.

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Next CGE seminar: Perspectives on multilingualism

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 8th March 2017 from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled ‘Perspectives on multilingualism’ and will be chaired by Prof Jennifer Jenkins from the University of Southampton. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Over the past ten years or so, multilingualism has become a hot topic in linguistics research. Alongside a range of existing and new generative SLA approaches to the subject, a branch of critical multilingualism research, sometimes described as a ‘multilingual turn’, has developed that includes, for example, a focus on issues relating to mobility and migration, a questioning of the constructs ‘native’ and ‘non-native’ speaker, an interest in translanguaging, and a reconceptualisation of ‘English’. In this seminar, speakers from each of our four research centres, CGE, CLLEAR, MeXsu, and TNS, will present what they see as the key aspects of multilingualism from their own research and/or research centre’s position. The seminar will then open up to debate among the panel and discussion between the panel and audience.

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Next CGE seminar: Orientations towards English as a lingua franca in the Spanish-speaking world: What is ‘English’ (for)?

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 8th February 2017 from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, ‘Orientations towards English as a lingua franca in the Spanish-speaking world: What is ‘English’ (for)?’ and will be led by Dr Sonia Morán Panero from the University of Southampton. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
In this talk, I explore how university students from the Spanish-speaking world conceptualise and evaluate the notion of English as a global language, and the variability emerging from its unprecedented spread and lingua franca use. Drawing from a qualitative interview study of students’ elicited metalanguage in Chile, Mexico and Spain, I report on a) the functions and social meanings that are assigned to English between global and local spheres of use, b) students’ conceptualisations and evaluations of their own and others’ ways of speaking, and c) participants’ ideas on what the use of English as a lingua franca is/should be like in relation to intelligibility, correctness, variability and identity expression. The investigation reveals the multiple and often conflicted conceptualisations with which participants construct their evaluations, and the diverse possibilities for identification that these ‘non-native’ users of English find in the language. It also illustrates how broader language ideologies (e.g. native-speaker, standard, variation-friendly ideologies) can be reproduced, re-negotiated and/or challenged in metalinguistic practice. I will reflect on the implications that the observed ontological complexity can have for ELT, and consider the pedagogical opportunities that explicit talk about language has to offer for the language classroom.

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Next CGE seminar: Communicating across online and offline spaces: a mobile-supported business model for migrant micro-entrepreneurs

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 7th December 2016 from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, “Communicating across online and offline spaces: a mobile-supported business model for migrant micro-entrepreneurs” and will be led by Dr Caroline Tagg from The Open University. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
In this talk, I draw on data from a large ethnographic project to explore the ways in which migrant small-business owners exploit mobile phone messaging apps to do business, establish and maintain informal support networks, and perform identities as entrepreneurs of a particular heritage background. The project is the AHRC-funded, four-year ‘Translation and Translanguaging: investigating linguistic and cultural transformations in superdiverse wards in four UK cites’ (PI: Angela Creese, University of Birmingham). Key participants are observed, recorded and interviewed at work and home, a well-established ethnographic approach which is innovatively augmented by the parallel collection of social media data.

My talk focuses on the social media use of two entrepreneurial couples: Chinese butchers in Birmingham and Polish shop-owners in London. Analysis of their SMS, WeChat and Viber messages, informed by the interview and interactional data collected at work and home, shows that mobile messaging apps are facilitating the emergence of a new business model characterised by dynamic configurations of time and space. I detail how the mobile phone serves as a gateway to physical contexts such as the shop whilst also facilitating asynchronous communication which we describe as a ‘virtual noticeboard’. I also explore how the mobile makes possible the creation of a support network which stretches from the surrounding UK city to the migrants’ home countries, and how the migrants draw on different timescales – immediate concerns and shared cultural histories – in managing these relationships. In documenting this new model, I explore the ways in which the entrepreneurs construct, negotiate and exploit multiple layers of flexible and selective ‘timespaces’, transgressing traditional boundaries of time and space and creating new intersections between virtual and physical space as they fulfil everyday functions.

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Next CGE seminar: Research to classroom practice: Global Englishes and ELT textbooks

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 9th November 2016 from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, ‘Research to classroom practice: Global Englishes and ELT textbooks’ and will be led by Dr Nicola Galloway from the University of Edinburgh. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
“the prevailing orientation in…..ELT materials still remains undoubtedly towards ENL” (Jenkins, 2012: 487).
Theoretical and empirical work within the field of Global Englishes raises crucial questions about established modes of practice in the ELT profession. The pedagogical implications of such research have been attracting an increasing amount of attention in recent years, yet little attention has been placed on ELT materials specifically. In order to create pedagogical change within the field of ELT, we need to look at various aspects of the learning and teaching process: “it is not enough to simply say that ELF has implications for pedagogy” (Dewey, 2012: 143). ELT materials are a central part of the learning and teaching process; they provide language input and are often used to determine the syllabus. The continued orientation towards native English, as outlined by Jenkins (2012) above, clearly warrants serious attention. This presentation examines current textbooks, which have been identified as one of the main barriers to Global Englishes Language Teaching (GELT) (Galloway, 2011; Galloway and Rose, 2015). A central thesis of this talk focuses on the need to ensure that 21st century ELT is effective in preparing learners to use ELF in global contexts. It examines recent trends in the field of ELT, proposing that the on-going quest for new approaches and methods be accompanied with a quest for new conceptualisations of the very subject matter in such materials; the English language. The talk ends with a proposed framework to help ELT practitioners adopt and develop materials that offer more than a mere superficial awareness of Global Englishes.

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Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “Intercultural Perspectives on Internationalising Universities”

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The first Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar of the new semester will take place on Friday 14th October 2016 from 5-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “Intercultural Perspectives on Internationalising Universities” and will be delivered by Dr Tony Young from Newcastle University. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
More than four million people are now studying in Higher Education (HE) institutions outside their country of origin, and many thousands of ‘international’ academic staff work in our universities worldwide. ‘Internationalisation’ in HE has been framed both as this phenomenon of global mobility and as the institutional response to it. This response was until recently dominated, especially in the global west, by neo-liberal state and institutional discourses around internationalisation’s contribution to fee income generation and world rankings of reputation. This may now be changing, with a greater interest, at least among researchers, in internationalisation as a lingua-cultural educational phenomenon. This talk will explore the extent to which this change is actually happening, and the role that intercultural perspectives – broadly defined, and often contested – are playing in exploring it.

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Modern Languages students to participate in Global Englishes PhD conference

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A number of Modern Languages PhD students will be participating in the Global Englishes PhD conference, organised by the Centre for Global Englishes, on Friday 24th June 2016 at St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton.

This one-day conference aims to enable PhD students from different institutions and countries who are researching different aspects of Global Englishes to network and present their research. The day will begin with a keynote from Professor Anna Mauranen and will include presentations and discussions led by PhD students and recent postdocs.

For further details about the conference, including information on how to apply for a place, visit the Modern Languages website.

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Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “The politics of language in the global workplace”

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 4th May 2016 from 5 – 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “The politics of language in the global workplace” and will be delivered by Dr Jo Angouri from the University of Warwick. All welcome!

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Next CGE seminar: Post Multilingualism, Translanguaging and Linguistic Creativity

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 9th March 2016 from 5:00-6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar is entitled, ‘Post Multilingualism, Translanguaging and Linguistic Creativity’ and will be led by Li Wei from UCL Institute of Education. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
This talk looks at examples of translanguaging practices in complementary schools for minority ethnic children in the UK, multi-modality linguistic practices by multilingual speakers, and New Chinglish from a Post-Multilingualism perspective. The aim is to develop an approach which helps us to better understand the processes as well as the consequences of dynamic and fluid interactions between, across and beyond languages on social relations, social structures and individual’s social cognition.

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Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “How do we write in English as a Lingua Franca?”

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 24th February 2016 from 5 – 6:30pm in Lecture Theatre C, Building 65, Avenue Campus. The talk is entitled “How do we write in English as a Lingua Franca?” and will be delivered by Professor Anna Mauranen, Vice-Rector and Professor of English at the University of Helsinki. All welcome for the seminar and discussion!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
As ELF research has shown, communicating in English as a Lingua Franca is highly successful despite manifesting certain non-standard features, much along the lines of dialects and other non-standard varieties. However, it has repeatedly been claimed that while spoken language may tolerate a certain amount of non-standard variability, the same is not true of written text. Writing requires standards and precision to get its message across. A moment’s thought suffices to question this traditional train of thought. Surely, if something is inscribed permanently on a surface, it should be easier to decipher than the fleeting combinations of sounds that speech consists of. To see how writing fares in relation to speech, this talk looks into ELF in high-stakes international writing, academic texts. The data is drawn from the newly completed corpus of written academic ELF at Helsinki, the WrELFA corpus.

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