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ELF Forum 2008: The First International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca

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Previous and upcoming ELF conferences

The first international ELF Forum was held at the University of Helsinki in 6–8 March, 2008.

The Second International Conference of ELF was arranged in Southampton in 6–8 April, 2009.

The Third International Confeference of ELF was arranged in Vienna in 22–25 May 2010.

The Fourth International Conference of ELF was arranged in Hong Kong in 26–28 May 2011.

The Fifth International Conference of ELF was held in Istanbul in 24–26 May 2012. The conference theme was Pedagogical Implications of ELF in the Expanding Circle.

The Sixth International Conference of ELF was held in Rome, 4–7 September 2013, with the theme "Intercultural communication: new perspectives from ELF".

ELF Forum 2008 conference publications

A selection of papers have been published in a thematic volume on the main themes of the ELF Forum conference:

Mauranen, Anna and Ranta, Elina (eds) (2009) English as a Lingua Franca: Studies and Findings. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

To read a description of the contents, go to Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

To our regret, we had to turn down many interesting and deserving proposals. The selection was highly limited, and given the large number of proposals we received, only a fraction of the papers fitted into the publication. However, we are happy to inform you that by permission of the authors, extended abstracts that did not fit into the thematic volume will be published on this website (see below).

In addition, papers directly related to academic, business and professional life have been published in English for Specific Purposes (2010, Vol. 29, No. 3).

Extended abstracts

Hay, Josiane: ELF: a historical perspective

Monroy, Rafael: Speaking English as a Lingua Franca with a Spanish Accent. Desirability vs. Reality

Roberts, Paul: A Comparison of ELF, ENL and ESL Conversations

Sifakis, Nicos C.: Towards a transformative framework for the professional preparation of ELF teachers

Batziakas, Bill: Surveying the Degree of Implementation of English as a Lingua Franca in Greek State School English Classes

Photo gallery

Click the link to view the 1st ELF Forum conference photos.


  • For research blogging on ELF, see the ELFA project blog.
  • Anna Mauranen has published a chapter on academic ELF in New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning English, edited by Paola Vettorel (Cambridge Scholars).
  • An intensive course on ELF is offered by researchers from the ELFA project in the Helsinki Summer School, Aug. 4–20, 2015. For description of the course, see the ELFA blog.
  • Niina Hynninen has published an article in the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 3(2) entitled "The Common European Framework of Reference from the perspective of English as a lingua franca: What we can learn from a focus on language regulation".
  • Svetlana Vetchinnikova has defended her PhD thesis, Second language lexis and the idiom principle. Read the abstract and download the full text from Helsinki's E-thesis service.
  • Maria Kuteeva & Anna Mauranen have edited a special issue of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes 13: Writing for publication in multilingual contexts. Find their introduction here.
  • Kaisa Pietikäinen has published an article entitled ELF couples and automatic code-switching in the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca 3(1).