Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies ›› 2022, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (5): 146-154.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2022.05.016

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An Empirical Study of the Awareness of English as a Lingua Franca in Classroom Teaching

WANG Yangyu()   

  • Online:2022-10-28 Published:2022-11-11


With the frequent communications among speakers of different L1 backgrounds, English as a lingua franca has been more frequently used in intercultural settings in the context of globalization. However, language education in China is still predominated by native speakers’ norms. There is a mismatch between the kinds of English that are taught in classrooms, and the kinds of English that are needed for communication, thus it is urgent to improve the awareness of English as a lingua franca among classroom participants. This study investigates into ELF awareness through document analysis, classroom observation and teacher interview in China’s English classroom teaching in the higher education context. It finds that the general lack of ELF awareness among classroom participants, analyzes the factors that hinder stakeholders’ awareness of ELF, and provides feasible suggestions for the ELF-oriented classroom teaching.

Key words: English as a lingua franca, ELF awareness, English language teaching, Native speakers’ Norms

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