Departmental Bulletin Paper Promoting English as a lingua franca:ELF awareness in a university WorldEnglishes course
リンガフランカとしての英語へ:World Englishes Courseを通してELFを学ぶ

Kato, Corazon Talam

2 ( 2 )  , pp.15 - 23 , 2016-04-01
Substantial evidence has shown that Japanese English learners continue tohave high admiration for the Inner Circle English varieties (Kubota, 2004;Fukuda, 2010). Many university students demonstrate this belief in the quest fora ‘high price tag’ goal, set as a yardstick, in learning English: to sound like FirstLanguage (L1) English speakers. According to Cook (2002; cited in Kirkpatrick,2013), only a few can achieve it. The failure to attain such an objective has misledmany English learners to disliking English, not only as a subject but also as a toolfor communication with people from the same or different cultures. Also, the veryhigh regard for L1 English varieties has resulted in the marginalization of manyEnglish users and experts from Outer, and even more so, the Expanding Circle; ithas stereotyped their use of English as substandard. Studies revealed that throughthe concept of “World Englishes” (WEs), English learners could lessen theirnegative feeling toward their own English (Horie & Long, 2007). This report willdiscuss how a university course focusing on World Englishes (WEs) and English asa Lingua Franca (ELF), has led EFL learners to re-evaluate their views of English.

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