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English as a Lingua Franca: concepts, use, and implications

Cogo, Alessia. 2012. English as a Lingua Franca: concepts, use, and implications. ELT journal, 66(1), pp. 97-105. ISSN 0951-0893 [Article]

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Sowden’s article raises a number of questions concerning English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and criticizes it as a simplified and culturally neutral means of communication. In this response, I address the issues concerning the conceptualization and use of ELF as well as the implications for ELT. I provide up-to-date evidence of ELF research and show the variability, richness, and creativity of ELF communication.

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English and Comparative Literature



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05 Apr 2016 11:02

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23 Jun 2017 15:31

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