Understanding English as a Lingua Franca - a 7-day email course for English teachers

In one week learn how to adapt your teaching to better prepare your students to use English in international contexts

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I'm pretty sure you've seen the term ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) - or EIL (English as an International Language), or Global Englishes - around quite a lot lately.

But did you know that...

...ELF is NOT a variety of English;

...ELF has nothing to do with Globish or simplified English;

...ELF barely features on certificate and diploma training programmes;

...it has nothing to do with little green Santa helpers with pointy ears aka ELVES?

And perhaps most importantly of all...

There's a TON of important practical implications that ELF has for English teachers, materials writers and teacher trainers.

Sounds intriguing?

Then enrol on this 7-day course :)

You might be thinking, hey, 7 days is really short.

It is, but being a teacher myself, I understand how busy you are. So there's going to be no time wasting on this course. We're going to cut straight to the chase.

What are you going to learn?

I've designed this course to give English language teaching professionals a complete insight into what English as a Lingua Franca is really about. You'll also look at some of the most common criticisms, but also some myths and misconceptions about ELF, and evaluate them critically. But being a teacher myself, what I've made sure is that the course provides you with practical teaching ideas that you can walk away with. Each lesson is compact, succinct and won't take more than 5 minutes to read.

So just as a quick recap.

After about 5 minutes a day for a week you will...

...learn more about the global spread of English;

...understand what ELF means;

...have seen and busted some of the most common myths about ELF;

...look at a ton of practical implications that ELF has for YOU as a teacher, materials writer or trainer;

...be encouraged to reflect on your practice;

...get practical teaching ideas.

Sounds good?

Enrol below and start getting your lessons right now :)

"Thanks so much for this course! Illuminating, informative and thought-provoking and the beginning of a long and wide discussion"

- Kateřina Keplová, English teacher in Czech Republic

"The content of this course is highly recommandable; it is very well-tailored, knowledgeable and relevant to teaching and beyond. Thanks to your sharp insights and findings, I no longer feel alone as a non-native English teacher. "

- Farid Bourkache, English Teacher in France

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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.


  Day 1: Let's start with YOU
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  Day 2: What is ELF?
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  Day 3: Myths and misconceptions about ELF
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  Day 4: Mythbusting continued
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  Day 5: Teaching English as a Lingua Franca
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  Day 6: Adapting course books and creating your own materials
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  Day 7: Continue learning about ELF
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"This short course has been really illuminating. I am going to suggest the extended one to my younger colleagues who are looking for an exciting topic to research. You have provided a wealth of material and I will surely follow up some of the reading. ELF is a fascinating topic and your knowledge regarding the issues involved is truly impressive."

- Elisabeth Bekes, English Teacher in Ecuador

"Before following this course, I was unaware of the significance of ELF. If you teach English in an international context, you must follow this short course with Marek, a recognized leader in the field of English as a Lingua Franca and native speakerism. It will whet your appetite to take his other online courses"

- Frank Bonkowski, ESL Teacher and On-line Course Creator in Canada

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
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.
Can I access all the lessons at once?
Not in this course. The lessons will be dripped over the next 7 days starting as soon as you enrol. You'll receive one lesson a day. So for example, the first lesson will be available immediately, while the second one a day after you've enrolled.
Where can I view the lessons?
The lesson will be both emailed to you and available here on TEFL Equity Academy. So you can choose where is most convenient for you to view them.
What if I have more questions?
No problem! Send me an email to [email protected] and I'll get back to you right away.

"This 7-day email course is very comprehensive yet easy to understand for aspiring English teachers like me. The task questions at the end of each lesson are also great avenues for further discussions. Thanks, Marek, for being very helpful throughout the course. Your passion in promoting equity and diversity shines through."

- Geraldine Camer, English teacher

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