ELF in business

If you ever wonder to what extent English has become the lingua franca of international business, then take a look at this recent article. http://www.businessinsider.in/A-Growing-Number-Of-Firms-Worldwide-Are-Adopting-English-As-Their-Official-Language/articleshow/30631842.cms Of course, not everyone can go and live in Carolina while they learn English, and the English being spoken in these multinationals isn’t going to impress some native speakers, but […]

‘painball’ – extreme sport?

Paintball has been around for some time now. I’ve seen it advertised alongside other adventure sports but have never been tempted, although I have heard that at close range the capsules containing the ‘paint’ (water soluble dye), can actually sting on impact. What was interesting, however, was to come across this Spanish company that had […]

Practical ideas for teaching and listening in an ELF context

In my post of December 6 I drew attention to ELF Pronunciation, the blog that Katy Davies and Laura Patsko run. Both women are practising teachers in Dubia and London, respectively, where they work with multilingual classes. Many of the students in these classes use English in ELF contexts, i.e. for international communication usually in the […]