04 – Questioning the Native English Norm in English Teaching – Jennifer Jenkins

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English as a Lingua Franca – ELF – is English as a shared language (usually) between non-native speakers.

As English becomes more and more globalised, we question whether the Native Speaker model should be the goal in the classroom. Prof. Jennifer Jenkins first broached this idea back in 2000 and was met with excitement and resistance.

Native Speaker teachers may feel threatened. Non-native teachers may feel empowered.

Maybe it’s time to reconsider correcting students with “Well, I understand what you mean, but we say it like this…”

The ELF Core

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Further reading:

V.O.I.C.E  – Vienna Oxford International Corpus of English

“Understanding English as a Lingua Franca” on Amazon

Jennifer Jenkins on Amazon

“Exploring ELF” on Amazon

Martin Dewey’s Research




3 thoughts on “04 – Questioning the Native English Norm in English Teaching – Jennifer Jenkins

    […] [This episode follows up on issues first covered in episode 4 with Jennifer Jenkins.] […]


    […] The same went for students who wanted to travel. Some wanted to use English in their travels and correctly assessed they needed speaking and listening skills, but insisted they needed to practice by listening and speaking to only native speakers. When I asked where they wanted to travel, I heard America, Canada, Europe, but also countries like Spain and Italy in Europe. Using English as a Lingua Franca (often referred to as ELF) requires a different set of strategies than when speaking with a native speaker. This was discussed very well in this podcast that I was recently introduced to and highly recommend… […]


    […] We make a few references to the Lingua Franca Core, which is a topic that was covered way back in episode 4. If you need a refresher, you can find it here – https://mastersoftesol.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/04-questioning-the-native-english-norm-jennifer-jenk… […]


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