Introducing English as a Lingua Franca: An Online Tutorial

This tutorial aims to raise students' awareness of their own use of English in mixed language groups. It begins with a brief background to ELF and to a discourse analytic approach to talk-in-interaction. The main section of the tutorial is a description of a group activity which students can do in or outside of class, involving:

  • recording a group discussion
  • trying transcription
  • comparing and discussing a short section of their transcription. 

The activity is described in detailed steps, making this tutorial one which students should be able to follow without further input from a module tutor. The tutorial contains interactive flashcards of transcription symbols, video and audio of classroom discussion in mixed language groups, and suggestions for further reading.

The tutorial is available online, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. This means that you may use them in your own projects so long as you credit their source, your work is not for profit and you share the outputs under this same license. You should read our terms and conditions of use for more information about what this license allows you to do.

For more about what ELF is, click here.



This online resource was created with funding from York St John University and the Higher Education Academy. The tutorial was awarded a prize, sponsored by Intrallect, in the Jorum Learning and Teaching Competition 2009.