3rd HAAL Research Forum
HK Polytechnic University
12 December 2009
English as an Asian Lingua Franca and the Multilingual Model of ELT
The concept of English as a lingua franca (ELF) has caused a great deal of recent controversy, much of it based on a misunderstanding of ELF. In this presentation I shall first provide a brief history of lingua francas and then compare and contrast two major Asian lingua francas – Bahasa Indonesia and Putonghua – in order to show how different their developmental paths have been.
The presentation will then consider the
current role that English is playing as a lingua franca, with a particular
focus on its role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and
The presentation will then consider possible implications of ELF in English language teaching, and the ‘multilingual model’ will be proposed. Suggestions on ways in which English/ regional lingua francas and local languages might work together as languages of education will conclude the presentation.
His first degree is in Chinese Studies
from Leeds and he has a Postgraduate Diploma in Modern Chinese Literature
His research interests include the
development of regional varieties of English and the history of Chinese
rhetoric. World Englishes: implications
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