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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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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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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Professor Anna Mauranen visits Modern Languages

Professor Mauranen, Vice-Rector of the University of Helsinki and Professor of English is currently spending the week within Modern Languages here at Southampton as a recipient of one of the University’s Diamond Jubilee Fellowships. Amongst other activities during her visit, she will be presenting the Centre for Global Englishes seminar: “English as Lingua Franca – Broken English?”, taking place today, Wednesday 15 October, in Lecture Theatre C, Avenue Campus, from 5:00-6:30pm. All welcome! Read more…

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