English exhibits variation across the globe and has a unique status in international communication. Researchers of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) encourage diversifying the notion of English also in the teaching of English as a second or foreign language. Yet despite these efforts, English and “English culture” in language teaching and teaching materials continues to be restricted to the native Inner Circle-varieties spoken in Great Britain and the United States. Approaching diversity from the perspective of applied linguistics, this presentation draws on data from a questionnaire that was sent to teachers of English as a foreign language in Finland. The results investigate teachers’ perceptions on the definition of English as a lingua franca, on whether geographical variation or specific linguistic variants should be addressed in classroom, and whether they feel teaching them is realistically possible. Teachers’ perceptions on the diversity of English as defined in the Finnish National Core Curricula implemented in 2016 are also discussed. The results show that Finnish teachers understand the importance of addressing the diversity of English and cultural differences within the anglosphere. Teachers generally also believe themselves to have the necessary knowledge, professional skills and teaching materials to teach about linguistic and cultural diversity, but challenges stem from lack of time as well as pupils’ preconceptions and low motivations.
|Status||Publicerad - 8 maj 2018|
|Evenemang||XLV Kielitieteen päivät / XLV Språkvetenskapsdagarna / XLV Finnish Conference of Linguistics - Helsinki, Finland|
Varaktighet: 7 maj 2018 → 9 maj 2018
|Konferens||XLV Kielitieteen päivät / XLV Språkvetenskapsdagarna / XLV Finnish Conference of Linguistics|
|Period||07/05/2018 → 09/05/2018|
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Biri, Y. I. (2018). Teaching the Lingua Franca: Teachers’ perceptions on the diversity of English. Artikel presenterad vid XLV Kielitieteen päivät / XLV Språkvetenskapsdagarna / XLV Finnish Conference of Linguistics, Helsinki, Finland.