CGE Research Seminar on Wednesday 17th October: ‘Attitudes’ and English as a Lingua Franca

CGEThe first Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar of the academic year will take place on Wednesday 17th October 2018 from 5:00pm in Lecture Theatre C (room 1175), Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar will be presented by Mariko Baird from International Baccalaureate and Rob Baird from the University of Southampton and is entitled “‘Attitudes’ and English as a Lingua Franca”. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Although we are most famous for having the first Centre for Global Englishes wedding, in this talk we will address a more difficult relationship, namely between the English as a lingua franca (ELF) field of enquiry and language attitude research. Based on our recent chapter ‘English as a Lingua Franca: Changing Attitudes’ in the Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca, we will draw on theoretical frameworks and empirical data, based on our fieldwork in East and South East Asia, to illustrate problems that accompany traditional language-attitude frameworks when applied to speakers who experience dynamic communicative contexts and associated constructs. Our talk will outline important considerations for researching people’s perceptions of language in ELF scenarios, and we will conclude by discussing implications for the empirical treatment of language in wider sociolinguistic research.

Both Mariko and Rob Baird are among the founding members of the Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) here in Southampton. Mariko researched ideas of language and the sociolinguistic realities of university students and business people in East Asia, and now is a Subject Manager for Language and Literature at International Baccalaureate (IB). Rob researched perceptions and communicative practices of English users in English-as-a-medium-of-instruction settings in East and South East Asia. He is now a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Academic Centre for International Students (ACIS) at the University of Southampton.

CGE Research Seminar on 6th December: Exploring Brazilian teachers’ attitudes to an ELF-oriented pedagogy

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 6th December 2017 from 5:00pm in Lecture Theatre C (room 1175), Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar will be presented by Dr Alessia Cogo from Goldsmiths, University of London. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
Research into language teachers’ attitudes towards ELF generally, and an ELF-oriented pedagogy specifically, has been solidly advancing since Jenkins’ (2007) seminal publication in this area. However, relatively little research has focused on teachers at different stages of their professional development (in-service or pre-service), in relation to their previous educational experiences and to the context of their teaching. This study is an investigation with in-service and pre-service teachers in Brazil, which attempts to tackle such aspects. The work was conducted in 2015 with teachers from Salvador, Brazil. Findings suggest that regardless of the differences in experience, the background knowledge and educational upbringing of both groups are key for their understanding and development of ELF-oriented teaching in their own context and classes.

CGE Research Seminar on 8th November: English as a Lingua Franca and language assessment: Challenges and opportunities

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The next Centre for Global Englishes (CGE) seminar will take place on Wednesday 8th November 2017 from 5:00pm in Lecture Theatre C (room 1175), Building 65, Avenue Campus. The seminar will be presented by Dr Luke Harding from Lancaster University. All welcome!

Here is the abstract for this seminar:
English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) communication represents one of the most significant challenges to language testing and assessment since the advent of the communicative revolution. On one hand, ELF destabilises the place of the native speaker, and the notion of assessing against a “stable variety” (Jenkins & Leung, 2014, p.4). At the same time, however, research emerging from ELF studies suggests opportunities for reconceptualising and expanding language constructs. In this talk I will discuss the challenges and opportunities afforded by an English as a Lingua Franca perspective on language assessment. In the first part of the talk, I will describe the two fundamental challenges ELF presents for language assessment, and connect these with broader debates around the nature of communicative competence. I will then discuss how the language testing and assessment community has addressed the ELF challenge thus far, with examples from both scholarship and testing practice. Third, I will sketch an ELF construct for assessment purposes, and present two cases of small-scale studies which have attempted to operationalise this construct. Finally, I will discuss some new directions for research at the interface of ELF and language assessment.

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.

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: “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: “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!