Presentation Title: The Challenge of English as a Lingua Franca and the Role of Learner-User Perspectives.
When: Friday, November 8th, 1-2 PM
Where: 2212B Benjamin Building, College Park Campus
This presentation addresses issues posed by English in the role of a lingua franca. The rise and spread of English within the contexts of post colonialism and neoliberal processes of globalization have been concurrently praised and criticized. Some predict the coming of a world in which English is the world's primary second language, displacing the need to learn other languages. Others decry the impact of English when it pushes languages out of the curriculum, threatens the dominance of other national languages, speeds the eradication of indigenous languages, or is offered as a remedy for social mobility. In considering these issues, the paper notes the need to incorporate learner-user perspectives in order to moderate the potential negative impact of English dominance while facilitating equity and learner-user agency.
Next Speaker: Dr. Sarah J. Shin
About the Presenter:
Center for Applied Linguistics. He received his Ph.D. in education with an emphasis in linguistics, from the University of Southern California. His research focuses on language policy, literacy and biliteracy, language, immigration, bilingual education, English and globalization, and English as a second and international language.