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How Foreign Language Educators Should Respond to the Statement: "Everyone Just Uses English Anyway, Right?"

with Dr. Orlando Kelm

Tue, November 15, 2016 | BUR 214

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

One of the challenges we face in teaching foreign language and culture is how to asses where and when English is used as lingua franca, as opposed to when it is more effective to use the local language. Is the phrase "everyone just used English anyway, right" really true?

There are instances where English is used worldwide as a lingua franca, and this fact is seldom considered among those who teach foreign languages. At the same time, communication in the local language is also essential as well, a fact seldom considered by monoligual speakers. Additionally, professionals who interact with professional partners do so within the context of corporate, national, and personal cultural tendencies, which are all superimposed over language choice. We discuss these issues within the context of language pedagogy, education, and learning.

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