Talking to Martin Dewey the other day, we both agreed that there’s a lot of research into English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), and quite a lot has been said about the implications of ELF for ELT classrooms, but, to quote Martin, ‘it’s all implications with too few applications’.
I had to agree, and it was the lack of applicationin the area of pronunciation that pushed me to write Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca‘. But now Laura Patsko and Katy Davies have taken a step in the right direction by setting up ELF pronunciation. This new blog aims to make pronunciation more relevant for students whose main aim is to communicate in an ELF context. Inspired, perhaps, by what went on at the PronSIG Pre-conference Event at IATEFL Liverpool earlier this year, they in turn want to inspire and encourage other teachers to consider an ELF approach to teaching pronunciation.
The ideas on the blog include downloadable classroom activities and examples of how you deal with ELF in multilingual classes, or of how to adapt your coursebook to an ELF approach to teaching pronunciation. There’s a lot more to come so keep your eyes on ELF pronunciation. It isn’t just more implication. It’s application on their own classroom experience, and it’s a timely addition to the resources that are slowly becoming available to teachers who want to take ELF into their classrooms. Congratulations Laura and Katy.