Time and place: 11th April, 3 p.m., Komenského nám., the room will be specified
Lecturer: Małgorzata Raułyk, Elwira Lewandowska – Bielsko-Biala (Poland)
The spread of English language worldwide and its evolution into ELF is a remarkable phenomenon. Therefore, its impact on ELT should be given more attention, as the majority of students learning English, nowadays use that language to communicate with non-native speakers worldwide (Crystal, 2003). The goal of successful language education should, therefore, be focused on equipping students with such skills that would allow them to communicate effectively in such context.
The existing research on the nature of ELF and its possible impact on language methodology is considerable (Jenkins, 2000; Rajagopolan, 2004; Seidlhofer, 2001).
It may have an impact on e.g. syllabus creation, materials used, teaching methods and techniques and teacher education policies; however, as Dewey (2012) suggests, discussions concerning possible changes in TEFL are not easily attainable because of the conservative attitudes aimed at maintaining status quo in language education policies. What seems to be the main aim of the workshop Teaching English as a Lingua Franca is to reconsider a native variety approach towards language education in order to bridge the gap between researchers and language educators and discuss the possible advantages of incorporating the prevailing features of ELF in the teaching programmes.