Full section schedules & abstracts
(updated 1.6.13)

Monday, June 10

Block A (14.00-15.30)

Section 1: Varieties of Asia & Africa

Section 2: English in language policies

Section 3: Phraseology & formulaic language

Section 4: Teaching & learning English

Block B (16.00-17.00)

Section 1: English & identity in higher education

Section 2: Social impacts of English in Europe

Section 3: Variation & global implications

Tuesday, June 11

Block A (10.30-11.30)

Section 1: Explorations in ICE

Section 2: Corpora in the Expanding Circle

Section 3: Perceptions of English in Asia

Section 4: Internationalization of higher education

  • Maurizio Gotti, Università di Bergamo (Italy)
    Explanatory strategies in ELF University courses

    • Abstract:

      In the last few years many Universities have internationalised their courses by offering them in English. Very often the lecturers remain the local ones, who adopt English as a means of instruction although they are not native speakers of that language. In many cases the teaching of such courses is assigned to foreign lecturers, who are not chosen specifically for their language competence but rather according to their expertise in the subject they are supposed to be teaching. As they are taught in English, these courses attract many students from other countries. The result is a typical ELF situation in which most lecturers and students – although they are not native speakers of English – use this language as a common means of communication and instruction. The present paper examines communicative interactions taking place in such contexts. The data are taken from 'international' courses on specialized disciplines offered by the University of Bergamo, recorded and transcribed according to the conventions adopted in the compilation of the ELFA Corpus (Mauranen et al. 2010). In particular, the paper examines the main strategies employed by lecturers to overcome the difficulties of comprehension – especially of specialized terms and technical concepts – experienced by their students.

    • References:

      Mauranen, A. / Hynninen, N. / Ranta, E. 2010. English as an academic lingua franca: The ELFA project. English for Specific Purposes 29/3, 183-190.

  • Jaana Suviniitty, Aalto University
    From Challenging to Accessible: How interactional features and their use influence students' perceptions of ELF lectures

Block B (14.00-15.00)

Section 1: Creoles & contact linguistics

Section 2: Investigating universals

Section 3: Perceptions of English in Asia (cont.)

Block C (15.30-17.00)

Section 1: English in professional settings

Section 2: Theoretical challenges & openings

Section 3: Emerging norms in global English

Section 4: Internationalization of higher education (cont.)

Wednesday, June 12

Block A (10.30-11.30)

Section 1: Studies in UK varieties

Section 2: Loanwords & borrowings

Section 3: Computer Mediated Communication

Section 4: Lexicon & lexicography

Block B (13.00-14.00)

Section 1: Studies in ELF corpora

Section 2: Bilingualism & multilingualism

Section 3: Computer Mediated Communication (cont.)