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Next steps in research: English the ‘multilingua’ franca

Professor Jennifer Jenkins outlines her latest research and thinking on the use of English as a lingua franca.

In this video, Jennifer Jenkins outlines her recent research and thinking on the use of English around the world.

Jennifer talks about three phases of thinking about how English is used as a lingua franca in global communication: ELF 1, ELF 2 and ELF 3. She describes her latest ideas around English as a multilingua franca.

Do you agree with the idea of ‘3 phases of ELF?’
What do you think of the notion that English is used as a multilingua franca?
Does this idea reflect your own use of English?

Read Jennifer’s article below to learn more.


Jenkins, J. (2015) Repositioning English and multilingualism in English as a lingua franca, in Englishes in Practice, 2 (3): 49-85

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