June 7 at 5 p.m.
How to create lesson plans, activities and materials for teaching ELF
There’s little doubt that English has become the global lingua franca. However, most of the published materials currently out there still teach it as if it was a foreign language, emphasising ‘native speaker’ culture and standard British or American English. Despite emphasising ‘real’ and ‘authentic’ language, course books are exclusively reliant on ‘native speaker’ corpora, ignoring its ELF use. This can lead to a situation where most characters presented in the books are mostly US or British ‘native speakers’ and if ‘non-native speakers’ are depicted, they usually interact with a ‘native speaker’ and few authentic ELF interactions are found.
Hence, a teacher wishing to implement the findings of ELF research in their classroom faces a difficult choice: they either have to adapt the existing materials or create their own, both of which can be difficult and time-consuming. As a result, in this session we will explore practical ideas that will help you adapt course books and write materials for teaching ELF quickly and effectively.
You will learn:
• 7 practical ways to implement ELF research findings in your lesson plans and materials;
• How to promote intercultural communicative skills;
• Why ‘native speakers’ can be great models of pronunciation and how to use them in class;
• Where to find authentic models of ELF communication;
• How to help your learners communicate more effectively using their multilingual resources.
Marek Kiczkowiak is a teacher, teacher trainer and founder of TEFL Equity Advocates and Academy, where I help English teachers tackle 'native speaker' bias by teaching English as a Lingua Franca. He also helps 'non-native speaker' teachers overcome their fears and worries by busting the 'native speaker' fallacy, so that they can become more confident and teach English successfully. He has taught English in Latin America and in Europe, and is currently teaching at KU Leuven, Belgium. He holds a BA in English Philology, Cambridge CELTA and DELTA, and is now working towards a PhD in TESOL at the University of York, UK. He has delivered workshops, talks and plenaries at many international conferences and events for English teachers in Europe and North America.