Title

English as a Lingua Franca and English language teaching : a way forward

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

ELT Journal

Publication Date

7-1-2013

Volume

67

Issue

3

First Page

350

Last Page

353

Abstract

I enjoyed Andrew Sewell’s recent article on ontology and ideology in English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) (Sewell 2013). He argues that neither advocates nor opponents of ELF have come to terms with the complexities of English in the era of globalization. In my view, he successfully pinpoints several fallacious arguments underlying much of the ELF literature, such as the tendency for ELF researchers to essentialize and exaggerate the differences between ELF and English as a native language (ENL), thereby creating a false dichotomy between them. Yet he also suggests, as do advocates of ELF, that there is further scope for an enhanced awareness of language variation in ELT. In response to Sewell’s article, I feel that two issues still need further discussion, that is, the importance of acknowledging learner choice and the relevance of ELF research findings to classroom practice.

DOI

10.1093/elt/cct015

Print ISSN

09510893

E-ISSN

14774526

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Sung, C. C. M. (2013). English as a Lingua Franca and English language teaching: A way forward. ELT Journal, 67(3), 350-353. doi: 10.1093/elt/cct015