ELF (English as a lingua franca) in business: Dynamics of teaching for business interactions

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This chapter discusses the notion of ‘English as a Lingua Franca’ (ELF), which can be characterized as a shared resource used among speakers of various linguistic backgrounds to communicate with each other. Ontologically, the ELF resource is different from what we call ‘English’, that is, a linguistic system, which can be seen to reside in textbooks and dictionaries. The ELF resource, in contrast, only comes into being in situ, as a hybrid without any native or nonnative speakers and is heavily dependent on the specific situation and context. For this reason, teaching students to interact with their colleagues and corporate partners in international business calls for – not only communicative competence – but also understanding of the business context. The notion of BELF (English as a Business Lingua Franca) highlights the shared business knowledge in getting the job done and maintaining/enhancing the rapport. This chapter gives an example on the dynamics of teaching for business interactions from one of the leading business schools in Europe, Aalto University School of Business (Aalto BIZ), Finland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a New Paradigm for English Language Teaching
Subtitle of host publication English for Specific Purposes in Asia and Beyond
EditorsHajime Terauchi, Judy Noguchi, Akira Tajino
Place of PublicationAbingdon and New York
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780429423963
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-38934-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA3 Book section, Chapters in research books


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