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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When I first came across the term ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) a few years ago, I literally thought it had something to do with, well...


And possibly the red-clothed bearded old man that delivers presents in December.

Even though quite a few years have passed since then, and ELF has become quite a trendy and hot topic in ELT circles, it seems to me little has changed. There are still many teachers who don't really know what ELF means.

If you're also struggling to get to grips with what all this ELF-related commotion is about, then this course is definitely for you.

This course is also for you, if...

...you've heard the term, but aren't too sure what it means;

...you want to know more about the global spread of English;

...you're wondering what relevance ELF has for you as a practising teacher, trainer or materials writer;

...you've been asking yourself whether teaching an international lingua franca might involve a different approach to teaching a foreign or second language.

And the last part is crucial, because this course is aimed at practising teachers.

Traditionally, all foreign languages have been taught with the 'native speaker' in mind, who was deemed the only appropriate language model and the ultimate goal of learning and teaching. However, the English language is different from the other foreign languages. It is a global means of communication.

This leads to a situation where over 80% of interactions in English take place between non-native speakers. Very often either no 'native speakers' are present, or if they are, they're in a minority.

This means that we might need to rethink not only how English is taught, but also which English.

"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

What are you going to learn in this course?

By the end of the course:

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.

Sounds like something you might be interested in? Jump right in by clicking on the 'Enrol' button below :)

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.

So what exactly are you getting in the course?

10 modules divided into two sections

A mix of theory and practice that will encourage you to reflect on your teaching practice and develop professionally.

Theoretical insights presented in an easy, digestible and classroom-oriented manner.

Practical teaching guidelines based on both research and classroom experience that will give you new and exciting tips that you can easily implement in your practice.

Pre-recorded video presentations

Are you a busy teacher? Forget about missed live sessions and failing to fit the course into your teaching schedule!

Watch the lectures wherever and whenever suits YOU best.

Revisit the course materials to get new insights and revise what you've learnt.

Carefully chosen reading material

Read cutting-edge articles that have been carefully chosen for you because of their practical insights.

Follow the questions that guide you through the text and encourage you to reflect on it.

Use the practical insights from the articles to design lesson plans and activities.

Fully compatible across all mobile devices

Forget about unresponsive websites that look horrible on your mobile or tablet! This course will look great no matter whether you're using your flat-screen TV, laptop, tablet or mobile phone.

You can watch the videos, read the articles, use the comments section and complete the entire course on any mobile device.

This gives you enormous flexibility and mobility, so you can enjoy the course wherever it suits YOU best.

Comments section

Interact with other course participants and with your instructor to develop your ideas.

Post your reflections, answers and thoughts and get feedback.

Exchange practical teaching ideas and tips with other English teachers from across the world and use them in your own teaching.

Before you decide, preview one of the lectures here...

...and learn how to adapt course books to teach pronunciation for ELF use


Preview this lecture and learn how to use listening journals with your students

To help them better understand a variety of accents

"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

FREE Bonus #1 - Teaching English as a Lingua Franca: Interviews with Experts (valued at $129)

Learn how to teach English as a Lingua Franca from the most prominent experts on English as a Lingua Franca such as Paola Vettorel, Martin Dewey or Nicos Sifakis.

These interviews are a goldmine of practical teaching ideas and insightful research findings that will help you rethink and reflect on your teaching practice.

FREE Bonus #2 - Lifetime Updates (priceless)

Every year, following the feedback from course participants, as well as the latest developments in ELF research and teaching practice; I update the course, refreshing the content and adding new material.

That way as a course participant you will always get the latest content and new teaching ideas that will help you teach ELF more effectively.

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FREE Bonus #4 - Lifetime access (priceless)

Being and English teacher myself, I completely understand how busy your schedule can get. Offsite classes, correcting essays, marking exams, split shifts... I've been there!

That's why I want you to be able to enjoy the course for as long as you want. Lifetime access gives you the flexibility to start and finish the course whenever it suits YOU best!

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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.

You can try “The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English as a Lingua Franca”, and if you’re not satisfied within 30 days of purchasing, you can get a full refund.

No questions asked.

"This course provides an essential but comprehensive view on issues related to English as a Lingua Franca . The first section includes a range of materials and reflection activities on World English, Standard Language ideologies and ELF, while the second focuses on pedagogical implications of ELF including videos, interviews and extracts from articles, as well as several further links to a number of varied and stimulating resources . The additional reading section, together with the numerous links to interviews, lesson plans and websites, makes this course a valuable starting point for anyone interested in taking on the challenge of integrating ELF in ELT ."

- Paola Vettorel, Renown ELF Expert, Professor at the University of Verona

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?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. And you have unlimited life-time access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How is the course organised?
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.
Can I preview any of the lectures?
Yes! You can preview Lecture 2 in Section 2.
How long is the course?
About 10 hours of on-line instruction, and at least 5 hours of further self-study. So, spending an hour every day, you should be able to complete the course in about two weeks. However, there's no rush, because you have life-time access to it! So you can also take your time, and complete it at your own pace.
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.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
I still have more questions.
No problem! Drop me an email to [email protected] and I'll do my best to answer them.

At TEFL Equity Academy customer satisfaction is my number one priority. That's why this course is covered by a 100% money back guarantee.

You can try “The Ultimate Guide to Teaching English as a Lingua Franca”, and if you’re not satisfied within 30 days of purchasing, you can get a full refund.

No questions asked.

Get started now!