Our Global Lingua Franca
An Educator’s Guide to Spreading English Where EFL Doesn’t Work
by Gregory Diehl
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Pub Date 21 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 05 Dec 2023
Across continents and cultures, English has emerged as the shared bridge language that connects business, arts, sciences, and entertainment worldwide. In this thought-provoking and impassioned manifesto, a globally experienced EFL educator sheds light on the humanitarian importance of continuing to spread English as a universal means of communication—most notably in parts of the world where educational standards are lacking.
This polemical and informative guide challenges prevailing English as a Foreign Language programs that most often leave learners struggling to attain conversational English fluency, despite years of enforced study and superficially good grades, test scores, and other accolades. It boldly delves into the overlooked consequences of bad English education for cultural, economic, and individual growth that disempower foreign English learners everywhere.
Our Global Lingua Franca is an essential companion for both native and non-native English instructors navigating the challenges of sub-par language learning. It will validate your frustrations about learning and teaching under the conventional approach to EFL. Intelligent without being overly academic, it offers invaluable outside-the-box advice on reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary, and pragmatics to help you impart conversational English fluency and beyond.
This is a wonderful book for educators or anyone attempting to teach English as a second language. English is the universal language and this educator strives to teach one to learn to teach English correctly when dealing with foreign students. This is a much needed book today for those wishing to teach English to a foreign speaking student.
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Excellent book. This is one that is well worth the time to read and absorb it. Read it and reap. This is one that you will need to think about.
I was attracted to this book because I have been thinking of tutoring refugees (adults and children) in my neighborhood when I retire. I have been looking into EFL courses to learn how to best teach others English but was questioning how effective this approach would work with beginners who need to be able to converse in practical ways to live their lives. There is always the question of where to start and I think back to my years of learning French and how I learned grammar rules from studying French (not from my English studies). Most of all, this book emphasizes the need to engage the learners in ways that motivated and are interesting and relevant to them. Don't follow rote structured lesson plans -- follow the learner. I look forward to applying what I learned from this book.
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