An interview with an ELF researcher

Professor Jennifer Jenkins

Professor Jennifer Jenkins

Professor Jennifer Jenkins is director of the Centre for Global Englishes at the University of Southampton and a prominent researcher in the field of English as a lingua franca. She has written extensively in this area. She has also expressed her views exclusively in interviews for this online course.

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In these activities you will hear some extracts from an interview with her in which she discusses some of the current research and issues in ELF. Using these, you will examine some of the controversies that ELF has generated, further explore the relationship between ELF and identity, and consider the future of ELF.

Activity 1: Controversies in ELF

ELF is quite a new field of study and as with many new ideas it has generated quite a lot of controversy. In this activity you are going to hear Professor Jenkins discuss some of these controversies in a six-minute extract from an interview.



Listen to the interview extract and select any controversies and arguments in the list below which are referred to by Professor Jenkins. Then read the feedback.

Activity 2: ELF and identity

A recent area of research in ELF has concerned its relationship to identity. You are going to explore this theme whilst listening to a three minute intervew extract with Professor Jenkins.



Listen to this second interview extract and make notes on the views concerning ELF and identity she discusses. Then read the feedback.

Activity 3: The future of ELF

In this activity you are going to listen to a four minute interview extract in which Professor Jenkins gives her opinions about the future directions of ELF. You are going to then consider whether you agree or disagree with these opinions.



As you listen to the final interview extract select the option to indicate whether you agree with, disagree with, or are unsure about the point that is being discussed. Then read the feedback.

Other languages such as Spanish and Mandarin have been suggested as alternatives to English as a lingua franca, but they will not replace English.

English will change due to its use as the language of intercultural communication across the globe.

English as a global lingua franca will move away from native speaker forms of English and develop hybrid forms which are very different from native speaker forms.

ELF should not be called English at all but be given a new name to distinguish it from native speaker English.

English will become very fluid; there will be no single standard of English. There will be less interest in what is correct but more interest in what is appropriate in the context of communication and accommodation and code-switching.

English will increasingly be used as an identity marker wherever people come from.

People who only speak English will be in the minority and less influential.

The future of English will be decided by young users of English, mainly non-native speakers.

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