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EIL, ELF, Global English: Teaching and Learning Issues

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Edited By Cesare Gagliardi and Alan Maley

How can you teach the English language to global English speakers? Can English be taught as an international language? Is it worth teaching? Isn’t it more proper and profitable to learn a standard variety of English? How realistic and useful is the identification of an EIL/ELF variety? Can an EIL/ELF standard be identified? These are some of the questions the present volume has addressed with the contribution of some of the most qualified scholars in the field of English linguistics. The book is divided into four sections. The first part deals with the definition of English as an international language and English as a lingua franca. Section two takes six different teaching issues into consideration. The third section examines some learning issues and the last part of the volume debates the relationship between teacher and student in an English as a lingua franca environment.

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VANESSA LEONARDI ‘Do you speak English’ or ‘Speak (you) English’? The Impact of Non-native Varieties on English Language Teaching 341

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VANESSA LEONARDI ‘Do you speak English’ or ‘Speak (you) English’? The Impact of Non-native Varieties on English Language Teaching 1. Introduction English is the language most widely used in the world. It is the lan- guage of the industrial revolution and has remained the language of science and technology ever since. It has now become an interna- tional or global language spoken all over the world. Nobody would question the fact that the global spread of English is closely related to the phenomenon of globalisation which has brought with it many significant changes in all aspects of society. There are several rea- sons which could explain the supremacy status of English in the world, such as the power and influence of native English speaking coun- tries, the fact that much world communication is carried out in Eng- lish both in native as well as non-native English speaking countries and, more importantly, the fact that non-native speakers use it more and more often with other non-native speakers in international set- tings. This is why English has now become the world’s lingua franca. Although its teaching practice has always focused on two of the most commonly used standard native forms, such as British and American English, nowadays more than 1 billion non-native English speakers use English as a lingua franca and therefore teaching is gradually changing and focusing on English as an International Language (EIL). 342 2. Globalisation and the English language In the last few decades, there has been a proliferation...

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