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

Eccles, S., Dippold, D., Mullen, E. and Bridges, S. (2019) Taking ELF off the shelf: developing HE students’ speaking skills through a focus on English as a lingua franca Linguistics and Education.

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This paper explores, through the example of HE group work, 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 & 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
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Eccles, S.
Mullen, E.
Bridges, S.
Date : 26 September 2019
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Uncontrolled Keywords : Higher education; Group work; English as a lingua franca; Oracy; Academic skills support; EAP
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 17 Oct 2019 09:29
Last Modified : 23 Oct 2019 08:49

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