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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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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: “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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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…

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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: “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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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…

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Professor Jenny Jenkins appointed as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Modern Languages’ Professor Jenny Jenkins has been appointed as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a significant acknowledgement of her contribution to our understanding of Global Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca. Congratulations to Jenny on this fantastic achievement!

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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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