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