The ultimate guide to teaching English as a Lingua Franca for ELT professionals

Learn about the global spread of English and discover how you can apply it in your day-to-day practice

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We all know that English has become the global lingua franca of international communication, primarily used by its ‘non-native speakers’.

Yet, ‘native speakers’ are still commonly regarded not only as the ideal language models our students should aspire to, but also as ideal teachers. An idea which has been frequently referred to as native speakerism.

This leads to widespread discrimination in ELT recruitment with the vast majority of vacancies in the private sector being advertised for ‘native speakers’ only.

It also leads to a situation where we emphasise ‘native speaker’ pronunciation, vocabulary and culture in our classes and materials.

This is despite the fact that research shows that ‘native speakers’ are frequently the least comprehensible English users in international contexts.

So on the one hand, we know that English is an international lingua franca.

Used primarily for communication between ‘non-native speakers’.

On the other hand, we still teach it as if it was a foreign language.

Used primarily to communicate with its ‘native speakers’.

And to top it off, we have the problem of native speakerism.

I believe that we can tackle these issues if we start teaching English as a Lingua Franca, rather than as a Foreign Language.

Benefit no. 1: Engage and Motivate Your Students

When I learned English as a student, the aim (even if not expressed explicitly) was for us to speak English as closely as possible to how a ‘native speaker’ would.

When I studied to be a teacher in university, we quickly learned that there were only two correct types of pronunciation: British or American English. Any deviation from the two was wrong. And meant a failed exam.

I also remember learning a lot (both as a students and a teacher) about the culture of English-speaking countries, primarily British and US culture.

Inevitably, it gave me the impression that in order to be a successful user of English, you had to imitate ‘native speakers’. The closer you got, the better.

Of course, you never quite get there.

So you continue worrying about having a foreign accent.

About misplacing the word stress.

About forgetting the third person ‘s.

This can be very demotivating for many students. Constantly striving to achieve what they are constantly failing to achieve.

So the first benefit of adopting an English as a Lingua Franca approach to teaching would be motivating your students.

Showing them they can succeed and become highly proficient multilingual users of English. Without having to worry about not speaking like a ‘native speaker’.

Benefit no. 2: Help Your Students Succeed

My experiences as a teacher and student of English also did not prepare me for the sheer variety of Englishes out there.

Learning and teaching English as a foreign language prepared me to interact with ‘native speakers’. To understand their pronunciation. The peculiarities of idioms and phrasal verbs. How their culture was reflected in the way they used English.

That would have been fine if I mainly interacted with ‘native speakers’.

But of course I didn’t.

I have used English mainly with other ‘non-native speakers’. So the EFL approach failed me in a way. It failed to show me how to interact in this highly multilingual English. How to navigate my way among a myriad of different cultures. How to understand countless different accents.

The second benefit of teaching English as a Lingua Franca, rather than as a foreign language, would be to better prepare our learners to be successful users of the language in international, lingua franca contexts.

Benefit no. 3: Promote Equality and Tackle Native Speakerism

Finally, the way I learned English and the way I was taught how to teach English also planted and cultivated the idea that ‘native speakers’ perhaps indeed are not only better models of the language, but also better teachers.

They have the right pronunciation.

They have an intuitive feel for the language.

They know the culture.

And as a ‘non-native speaker’ teacher, I don’t and can’t ever have any of that.

It does deep down make you feel inferior.

And worst of all, this emphasis on ‘native speaker’ models of the language in teaching and learning only further justifies the idea that ‘native speakers’ are entitled to better jobs.

That what matters most in a teacher is not how well they can teach, but whether they are a ‘native speaker’.

So I would argue that the third benefit of teaching English as a Lingua Franca, rather than as a foreign language, would be to address native speakerism.

To bring back professionalism into our industry.

To promote equality.

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"I recently attended a session led by Marek focussing on ‘English as a Lingua Franca’. While ELF is something of a hot topic in English language teaching circles, Marek managed to keep the content down-to-earth, practical and relevant to real classrooms. He delivered the session with a mix of passion and genuine interest, linked with an empathy with the audience. TEFL Equity Advocates are doing some exciting things in ELT at the moment, with a nice mix of classroom ideas and global issue awareness-raising and I am happy to recommend their courses."

- Christopher Graham, Teacher trainer

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Here's what you will discover...

1. ...you will have taken an in-depth (but PRACTICAL) look at ELF research, as well as some of the criticisms and controversies surrounding it, so that you can start applying it in your day-to-day teaching;

2. ...you will have evaluated different research paradigms which try to make sense of the international nature of English in order to teach classes that are more relevant to your learners' needs;

3. ...you will understand what practical implications ELF has for ELT, so that you can quickly and easily make your teaching more research-based;

4. ...you will be better able to help your students be more intelligible in international contexts so that your classes will be more effective;

5. ...you will have critically evaluated the language models presented in course books to be able to easily adapt them to reflect the global nature of English;

6. ...you will have seen and created your own teaching materials that promote international English so that you're ready for your upcoming classes;

7. ...you will understand the importance of intercultural communicative competence and how to promote it in class to better prepare your learners to use English effectively.

So, by the end of the course, you will not only have read and reflected on the latest developments in ELT, but you will also walk away with an array of activities and a new ELF perspective to inform your practice.

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Your Instructor

Marek Kiczkowiak
Marek Kiczkowiak

I am a teacher, teacher trainer and founder of TEFL Equity Advocates and Academy, where I help English teachers tackle 'native speaker' bias by teaching English as a Lingua Franca. I also help 'non-native speaker' teachers overcome their fears and worries by busting the 'native speaker' fallacy, so that they can become more confident and teach English successfully.

I have taught English in Latin America and in Europe, and am currently teaching at KU Leuven, Belgium. I hold a BA in English Philology from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Cambridge CELTA and DELTA, and a PhD in TESOL from the University of York, UK. I have delivered workshops, talks and plenaries at many international conferences and events for English teachers in Europe and North America.

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This is why Helen Ritchie, a business English teacher working in Spain, loved the course

"English has rapidly become a language with no single national provenance and for which there are increasingly few ‘native speakers’ (even if we could accurately describe what such a term means - something we are far from being able to do). Teaching students to speak this international language - this lingua franca - is a special task and we need training to help us understand how to do it. Marek Kiczkowiak, with his background and experience, is just the person to provide such training"

- Jeremy Harmer, ELT Writer and Trainer

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the course for?
It's designed primarily for teachers, but materials writers and teacher trainers will also find it valuable. In short, it's for all those who are interested in and would like to know more about the global nature of the English language and the implications this has for ELT.
When does the course start and finish?
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There are two main sections, each of which is divided into 5 lectures. Each lecture typically consists of an article, a video, and audio and/or a recorded presentation. There are questions designed to guide you through the materials and a comments section to interact with your instructor and other participants.
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How long is the course?
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Will the course be practical?
Yes! Whether you're a teacher, a teacher trainer, a recruiter, or maybe a member of a teaching association, you'll walk away with an array of ideas for promoting professional equality between 'native' and 'non-native speakers' in your daily practice.
Will I get any guidance from my tutor?
Of course! You can get in touch with your tutor through the discussion board or via email, and they'll offer you guidance and help. You can also get extra individual Skype tutorials where the tutor will give you their full attention and personalised advice.
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At TEFL Equity Academy customer satisfaction is my number one priority. That's why this course is covered by a 100% money back guarantee.

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