Tag Archives: English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)

Wind-up radios help English teachers in Rwanda

The British Council’s has piloted an English language development project in Rwanda that helps train teachers of English in rural areas by supplying wind-up radios on which they receive lesson broadcasts. Youtube, May 13, 2011. Watch the video… Advertisements

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English To Become Official Language In Rwanda

We switch gears now for a story from Rwanda. You’ll probably remember that in the mid-1990s, a horrific conflict between the country’s two main ethnic groups, the Hutus and the Tutsis, resulted in the massacre of hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading

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French is dead, long live English Rwanda!

After 100 years of French as the official language in Rwanda, President Paul Kagamé has led his country to join the British the Commonwealth. Overnight, Rwanda’s official language became English, schoolchildren no longer learn French in public schools, and cricket … Continue reading

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Chinese whispers as lingua franca

China’s economic power is changing attitudes to Mandarin in southeast Asia, but while the number of learners is growing, English retains its dominance in the region, for now, reports John Aglionby. This article looks at some of the reasons for … Continue reading

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POINT OF VIEW/ Kumiko Torikai: Japan needs new paradigm of English education

This is an interview with Kumiko Torikai, a Rikkyo University professor and former professional simultaneous translator who teaches English language courses on radio and television. In the interview, she discusses the balance between a focus on grammar and communication in English … Continue reading

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