1.1.2 Key issues in using English as a Lingua Franca

Review Materials

Welcome to the “Key issues in using English as a Lingua Franca” Section of the ENRICH CPD Course. In this Section we critically discuss several major issues when attempting to identify the fundamental characteristics of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). Firstly, we introduce the concept of identity construction of the user of English and the relationship between identity and ELF. Secondly, we explain the idea of ownership of English and how the concepts of identity and ownership are interconnected. Then, we introduce the debate over Standard vs. Non-standard English. Next, mutual intelligibility and the use of communication strategies in linguaculturally diverse interactions in English are examined. Afterwards, we present key features of multilingual contexts of ELF and finally, the intercultural nature of ELF communicative interactions are analysed. This Section includes 4 Activities in total.

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Supplementary Materials

Click here to download the Power Point Presentation used in the video.
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Click here to listen to the audio file “Non-native speaker recording”
Click here to watch the video “Sakis Rouvas interview”.


This Section includes the following Activities:

  • Activity 1: Your experience as a user and teacher of English
  • Activity 2: Defining terms
  • Activity 3: Non-native speaker listening exercise
  • Activity 4: Non-native speaker Eurovision interview *

Click here to download the Activities in a printable format.

How to cite this section:

Cavalheiro, L., Guerra, L. and Pereira, R. (2021). Key issues in using English as a Lingua Franca [Online Lecture]. In N. Sifakis and S. Kordia (Eds.), The ENRICH Continuous Professional Development Course. The ENRICH Project. (http://enrichproject.eu/lessons/155-1-1-2-key-issues-in-using-english-as-a-lingua-franca)


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