E L F And Other Fairy Tales


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E L F And Other Fairy Tales

  1. 1. ELF - and other fairy tales! Hugh Dellar The University of Westminster Heinle Cengage
  2. 2. Your surname’s Jones, isn’t it? > Yes, it is. And you’re 27, aren’t you? > Yes, that’s right. You weren’t at home last night at 8, were you? > No, I wasn’t. I was at the pub. But you don’t have any witnesses, do you? > Yes, I do. My brother was with me. Your brother wasn’t with you, was he? > How do you know? Because he was at the police station. We arrested him last night. Native speaker dominance?
  3. 3. <ul><li>It must be very strange to be back home after such a long time. </li></ul><ul><li>> Yes, it is. I … I mean, it’s lovely to see everybody and I really appreciate my bed. </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s have a look at these photos, then. </li></ul><ul><li>> Well, they’re all mixed up at the moment. I’ve got to sort them out. </li></ul><ul><li>Um, this looks nice. Where is it? </li></ul><ul><li>> Where do you think it is? </li></ul><ul><li>Ah, well … it must be somewhere really hot. It looks like paradise. I suppose it could be Thailand or Bali, or it could even be India. </li></ul><ul><li>> No. I’ll give you a clue. It’s an island in the Pacific Ocean. </li></ul><ul><li>Hawaii. </li></ul><ul><li>No, I didn’t go to Hawaii. </li></ul><ul><li>Oh right. I thought you’d been everywhere. It’s probably Fiji, then. </li></ul>Native speaker dominance?
  4. 4. <ul><li>Andy Kirkpatrick and /th/ </li></ul><ul><li>“ In international contexts, the simpler, the better”! </li></ul><ul><li>Doublespeak: good, ungood, plusgood, doubleplusgood </li></ul><ul><li>Jennifer Jenkins: “I like chilling out.” </li></ul><ul><li>Luke Prodromou and the corpora of non-native-speaker English </li></ul>The backwash
  5. 5. <ul><li>Excuse me. Is there an ATM machine near here? </li></ul><ul><li>Please? </li></ul><ul><li>A cash machine? To get money? </li></ul><ul><li>Sorry. I no English. </li></ul><ul><li>Money? </li></ul><ul><li>Oh! Yes! Yes!! Go there. </li></ul>Meanwhile … back in the real world!
  6. 6. <ul><li>The reductionism of ELF-ers. </li></ul><ul><li>Great / boiling / Do you mind if I …? / I can’t stand it /I love it / spare time-key-room /unemployed </li></ul><ul><li>We assume competence - to avoid being patronising! </li></ul><ul><li>We can all accommodate ourselves - and grade down. </li></ul><ul><li>The concept of ‘native-like’ is all relative . . . and depends on L1. </li></ul>The can of worms!
  7. 7. <ul><li>5 Students themselves often seek out ‘native-like’ language. </li></ul><ul><li>How long your tail! / Were you born in a barn? / I felt like a fish out of water. </li></ul><ul><li>Students also often translate expressions directly. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you think I have cucumbers on my eyes? / Do you think I was born yesterday? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we stifling creativity? </li></ul><ul><li>He drinks like a horse/I felt like a fish IN the water/I felt like a bird out of the sky. </li></ul><ul><li>8 Level! </li></ul>Further complications . . .
  8. 8. <ul><li>Just because many conversations are between non-natives, it doesn’t mean people won’t also talk to natives. </li></ul><ul><li>Many non-natives already speak near-native level English. </li></ul><ul><li>Whose ELF is it anyway? </li></ul><ul><li>What students really want. </li></ul><ul><li>Ebonics and similar debates. </li></ul>The issue of models
  9. 9. <ul><li>Jennifer Jenkins and ELF pronunciation </li></ul><ul><li>Barbara Seidlhofer and grammatical errors which do not hinder communication: </li></ul><ul><li>Dropping the 3rd. person -s/ who and which /tag questions/redundant prepositions </li></ul><ul><li>Collocational errors </li></ul><ul><li>The environment is a large theme in my thesis. </li></ul><ul><li>Talking like me doesn’t mean being me! </li></ul><ul><li>Are ELF-ers just opposed to bad teaching? </li></ul>Is comprehensibility enough?
  10. 10. <ul><li>Native-like does not mean NATIVE. </li></ul><ul><li>Reuseability is central </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching standards doesn’t mean IMPOSING them. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge is power. </li></ul><ul><li>Language teachers teach language. </li></ul>In conclusion
  11. 11. Visit the Heinle stand and claim a free book! E-mail me at: [email_address]