A role for English as lingua franca in the foreign language classroom?

Ife, Anne (2007) A role for English as lingua franca in the foreign language classroom? In: Intercultural language use and language learning. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, NL, pp. 79-100. ISBN 978-1-4020-5639-0

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5639-0

Abstract

International students comprise a substantial proportion of students in British universities and English is normally the medium of communication, not the focus of study, for home students and international students alike. One less obvious type of classroom where international students are to be found is the foreign language classroom. Some would argue that in such a context there should be no role for English since communication should occur in the target language. Experience shows, however, that even where target language input is the norm, international learners will use their common lingua franca (L2) to reflect on the target language (L3) and engage with other learners, including both L1 and other L2 English-speakers, in collaborative task-based activity. This paper argues that the lingua franca can play a role in providing enriched input in L3 learning.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: languages, English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences
Depositing User: Repository Admin
Date Deposited: 20 May 2013 09:46
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2018 09:33
URI: http://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/292335

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