The purpose of this course is to discover how English as a lingua franca (ELF) is experienced, understood and represented as a principle of teaching in the English classroom in Switzerland in terms of teaching listening skills and pronunciation. This project should provide students with an awareness of ELF and what it means in a classroom that promotes intercultural communication as well as basic statistical methods to aid in decision-making and task-development in the classroom.

We focus quite a bit on Jenkin's Lingua Franca core and would like to state the following: 

Jenkins launched a fairly progressive thought – that perhaps there are criteria at the level of intelligibility amongst non-native speakers that hinder communication or understanding (her Lingua Franca Core). At the Conversation Analysis level, however, these elements of intelligibility may not be as important as they may seem. Of course they can provide some basic selection criteria of where to focus pronunciation instruction and where to place an emphasis in correcting pronunciation, however more of a focus on what to do in a situation of miscommunication – how to react, what to say, how to show our lack of understanding – might have more of a value in communication in English amongst non-native speakers.


Welcome Workshop!

Hello and welcome to this course!

The goals of the workshop are the following:

  • To become familiar with some fun and relevant resources on the web;
  • To become comfortable with using this class site;
  • To get into the research about EIL, ELF, EFLE, EGL, WE, Globish, etc...!
  1. Go to The History of English: http://www.michellehenry.fr/language.htm. Find the LISTENING section. Read a poem with a neighbor. Note words you stumble upon. Now listen to the sound file and focus on the words you stumbled on. Go back to the main page and find 1 interesting fact that you did not know before to share in class!
  2. Coming to terms with the terminology. First work individually and fill in the worksheet. Then swap notes and discuss answers in groups based on someone else’s notes. 
  3. Introduction to our website. 
  4. Install Zotero to keep your references organized.
  5. Download Audacity at home if you don't have anything to adapt sound files with.
  6. If you have time!