Xue Wang, University of Hong KongFan Fang, Shantou University
With English becoming a lingua franca on a global scale, the number of so-called non-native English speakers has surpassed the number who speak English as a mother tongue. Often, in English as a lingua franca (ELF) communication encounters, English users participate in conversations with interlocutors from diverse lingua-cultural backgrounds, which suggests that the traditional “native English” standard in English language teaching (ELT) no longer suffices to reflect today’s linguistic landscape (Jenkins, 2015).
However, and notwithstanding education researchers’ advocacy . . .
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