Summer 2024

As a teacher, how do you address the reality that English as
a lingua franca (ELF) is used in workplaces and academic courses? And that maybe traditional English models are no longer so useful or appropriate? Consequently, what is English as a lingua franca, and how should we teach it in terms of grammar, idiomatic expressions, vocabulary usage, writing skills, and accessibility issues in creating texts? Read on to discover how contributors to this issue address these challenges and embrace opportunities in ELF contexts.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


6 Call for articles and reviews

8 Meet the Journal team!

9 Meet the Newsletter team

10 Meet the volunteers


FOCUS • English as a lingua franca

11 Teaching English as a lingua franca • Carol Waites

14 An ode to the CEFR: The extended Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and its profound influence on language education • Cynthia Werner

16 English as a lingua franca and world Englishes in ELT: Challenges and opportunities for materials development and implementation • Jhon Eduardo Mosquera Pérez

18 Getting the job done: Important considerations for business English teachers • Hellen Haga

20 Using English in the workplace: Translator Chris Breach reports on the example of SwissPost • Lynn Williams

22 The concept of time in various cultures and its implications in English as a business lingua franca (BELF) • Cristiana Urbani

24 ELF in the classroom: Promoting linguistic and cultural variety for communicative  success • Dominique B. Hess

26 The role of English as a lingua franca in educational linguistics and language teacher education in the Swiss context: An interview with Dr Edina Krompák • Lynn Williams

28 Me and my adult learners: Multilingualism and English as a lingua franca • Yuval Shomron


30 Teaching a business English class: Two teaching ideas for the first day • Lorenzo Sclocco


32 An overview of 21st century skills: What are they? Why and how should we teach them? • Sharon Acton

34 Harmony in diversity: Navigating intercultural waters for global success at school and in the workplace • Jillaine Farrar, Sandrina Meldau and Verena Batt

36 Everything is a matter of perspective • Anna Machura


38 Dyslexia and language learning: Why most of what we’re told is wrong  Interviewee: Ania Karwowska • Interviewer: Laura Wilkes

40 t2t project • Saidia Children’s Charity(Kenya) • Project coordinator: Carol Waites

41 Public Schools Special Interest Group • Coordinator: Bettina Coppens



43 Introduction • Sonja Vigneswaren, National Events Chair

44 Teaching English as a lingua franca • Carol Waites

44 Back to the future: How to survive those days when your computer decides to be uncooperative • Lee Shutler

45 LinkedIn for ELT professionals : Building your personal brand for career success • Gina Rodriguez

46 Using ‘critical incidents’ to improve international business communication • Ian McMaster

47 Round table discussion for independent teachers • Dorinda Maio-Phillips

47 Drama, voice and creative writing • Nicole Küpfer

48 Enhancing English language teaching through plurilingual and intercultural education • Dina Blanco-Ioannou

49 Ever tried or thought of teaching at C2 level? • Geoff Tranter


53 Introduction • Laura Wilkes, Resources Editor

54 Trainingsbuch Business English • Bob Dignen and Ian McMaster

55 Teaching English Pronunciation for a Global World • Robin Walker and Gemma Archer

56 Our Global Lingua Franca: An Educator’s Guide to Spreading English Where EFL Doesn’t Work • Gregory V. Diehl

57 Canva: An online design and publishing tool • Laura Wilkes


Login to view PDF of Journal

The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.