University of Verona (ITALY)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2022 Proceedings
Publication year: 2022
Pages: 328-332
ISBN: 978-84-09-45476-1
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2022.0125
Conference name: 15th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 7-9 November, 2022
Location: Seville, Spain
English has become a lingua franca that is used to respond to different communicative needs and in very diverse contexts. In order to be successful users of ELF Transcultural Communication, that is, in contexts where people do not share the same linguistic and cultural background and choose English as their common means of communication, learners need to be prepared to deal with varied linguacultural practices, that emerge and are negotiated in interaction (Baker 2020). Teacher Education is one of the first dimensions where it is important to raise awareness of such issues, in order to include a more ELF-oriented and intercultural understanding of the use of English today (Bayyurt & Sifakis 2015; Vettorel 2017).

To do so, pre-service teachers need to be prepared to deal with the manifold manifestations of English in ELF transcultural contexts, the diversity of linguistic and cultural norms and practices that intermingle in ELF settings and the use of communication strategies as tools to actively shape and negotiate meaning in interaction (Antonello 2022; Baker 2020; Sifakis 2019; Vettorel 2019).

In light of these considerations, the presentation will outline the preliminary findings of a study focused on the inclusion of communication strategies in Teacher Education and English Language Teaching. The importance to adopt an intercultural-oriented and ELF-aware pedagogy in English Language Teacher Education will be discussed, outlining guidelines and examples of activities to raise awareness of the diversity of languages and cultures involved in ELF transcultural contexts, to support the necessary ability to negotiate common ground among speakers and to foster the use of communication strategies to effectively and appropriately communicate in ELF Transcultural Communication.

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English as a Lingua franca, Intercultural Communication, Teacher Education, Communication Strategies.