Seminar at Goldsmiths, University College, London with Prof Andy Kirkpatrick on ‘English as a Lingua Franca in Asia – implications for pedagogy’

Speaker: Prof Andy Kirkpatrick  (Griffith University, Australia)
Thursday 29 October, at 17:00 in room RHB 137 (Richard Hoggart building)
Location: Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London SE14 6NW
In this presentation I shall consider the implications of the development of English as a lingua franca in East and Southeast Asia with a focus on two specific issues: first, what are the implications of  English as an Asian lingua franca for the teaching of English, especially given that English now operates in many non ‘Anglo-cultural’ contexts in settings in which so-called native speaker are absent; and second, what are the implications for the linguistic ecology of the region with the continuing use of English as a lingua franca? The paper will present a number of proposals for a radical new way of teaching English in multilingual settings, the lingua franca approach.