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Taking ELF off the shelf: Developing HE students' speaking skills through a focus on English as a lingua franca

Taking ELF off the shelf: Developing HE students' speaking skills through a focus on English as a lingua franca

Dippold, Doris, Bridges, Stephanie, Eccles, Sue and Mullen, Emma (2019) Taking ELF off the shelf: Developing HE students' speaking skills through a focus on English as a lingua franca. Linguistics and Education, 54:100761. ISSN 0898-5898 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.linged.2019.100761)

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Abstract

This paper explores how principles derived from English as a lingua franca (ELF) research (e.g. accommodation, strategic competence) can provide insights into the speaking demands of group work in Anglophone EMI settings which includes native speakers as well as non-native speakers. The paper maps data gathered through interviews with first year undergraduate students against Mercer et al.’s (2017) oracy framework. It shows that students draw on a combination of linguistic, cognitive, physical and social & emotional skills, many of which align with ELF principles.

However, current frameworks of support for speaking demands in HE (EAP and academic skills) lack focus on dialogic speaking, pay little heed to ELF findings and cater for native speakers and non-native speakers separately despite their needs being similar. The paper argues that a focus on ELF can contribute to the development of speaking support which sits at the centre of students’ academic journey and encourages better interactions between native and non-native speakers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: student, skills, higher education, language, employability
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 29 May 2020 15:19
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: REF 3
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/27864

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