The worldwide spread of English is one of the many different developments closely connected with the phenomenon of globalisation. This term, which is now recurrent in contemporary rhetoric and is a keyword in both academic and popular discourse on the economy, society, technology and culture “[…] can be taken to refer to those spatio-temporal processes of change which underpin a transformation in the organization of human affairs by linking together and expanding human activity across regions and continents” (Held and McGrew 2007, 15). The intensification of worldwide relations inevitably calls to the fore the question of the choice of the language to be used for contacts among people living in widely different places in the world. Lingua francas, that is “contact languages used among people who do not share a first language” (Jenkins, Cogo, and Dewey 2011, 281) have been in use for a long time and Sanskrit, Greek, Latin and other languages were once used for this function. In present times, the task of being a Lingua Franca to be used universally has fallen upon English. English has therefore become the dominant language in the higher education sector in Europe, as can be seen from objective indicators such as the growing number of degree programmes which use English as a medium of instruction (Gotti 2014; Dearden 2015). In this way it is easier to attract foreign students. But equally important is the wish to prepare students for the global workplace. As a consequence of observable
Enriching the University ELT Curriculum with Insights from ELF / Poppi, Franca. - ELETTRONICO. - 3:1(2016), pp. 127-152.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Titolo:||Enriching the University ELT Curriculum with Insights from ELF.|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.7359/791-2016-popp|
|Titolo del libro:||Focus on LSP Teaching: Developments and Issues|
|A cura di:||Garzone, Giuliana, Heaney, Dermot and Riboni, Giorgia|
|Editore:||LED Edizioni Universitarie di Lettere Economia e Diritto|
|Citazione:||Enriching the University ELT Curriculum with Insights from ELF / Poppi, Franca. - ELETTRONICO. - 3:1(2016), pp. 127-152.|
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