Fourth Annual CLERA Distinguished Lecture


Date: Thursday 12th February 2015

Time: 4.30-6.00: Distinguished Lecture
           6.00: Drinks reception

Venue: Aston University, Birmingham

Distinguished Visitor: Professor Jennifer Jenkins, University of Southampton 

Jennifer Jenkins is Professor of Global Englishes at Southampton University. She is the author of The Phonology of English as an International Language (OUP 2000), English as a Lingua Franca: Attitude and Identity (OUP 2007), English as a Lingua Franca in the International University (Routledge 2014), and a university coursebook, Global (previously World) Englishes (Routledge 2014, 3rd ed.).

Diverse Englishes, intercultural communication and 'international universities'

Global diversity in English has existed since the early days of British colonisation, and from the late 1970s, research into the English of speakers for whom it is not the mother tongue has grown dramatically. The first to study it were World Englishes scholars, whose interest was in the different English varieties used within the postcolonial countries. More recently, English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) scholars have been exploring how English is used in intercultural communication. In my talk I will discuss the differences between these two research paradigms, consider the next logical development, then turn to a context in which ELF as both phenomenon and field of research is particularly prevalent: Higher Education. Focusing on the UK, I will consider some of the problems and contradictions relating to English language policies and practices (including entry testing) that exist in universities that consider themselves to be international. 

Deadline for registration: Friday 6th February 2015. To guarantee a place, please register online

Contact: Jacquie Harding at j.harding@aston.ac.uk