English as a Lingua Franca for EFL Contexts Edited by: Nicos C. Sifakis, Natasha Tsantila

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26 Oct 2018
New Perspectives on Language and Education
Multilingual Matters
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This book explores the interfaces of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) pedagogy. It presents the theoretical aspects of ELF, discusses issues and challenges that ELF raises for the EFL classroom, and demonstrates how EFL practitioners can make use of ELF theorizing for classroom instruction, teacher education, developing language learning materials, policymaking and testing and assessment. Accounts of innovative and practical pedagogical practices and researchers’ insights from diverse geographical, cultural and institutional contexts will inform and inspire EFL practitioners to reconsider their practices and adopt new techniques in order to meet their learners’ diverse communicative needs in international contexts.


ELF has both enriched and problematized aspects of ELT. The discussions in this expertly edited volume provide an ELF perspective on key aspects of ELT principles and practice. This is an invaluable professional development resource for English Language teachers and teacher educators working in different world locations. Highly recommended.

- Constant Leung, King's College London, UK

With a broad range of theoretical discussions and practical suggestions, this book provides an excellent and accessible introduction to how studies of English as a Lingua Franca are not only relevant to – but essential for – English language teaching. The volume moves us away from a dependency on native-speaker norms and provides alternatives that can be considered and adapted by teachers to suit their own contexts and needs.

- Ahmar Mahboob, The University of Sydney, Australia

[This book] constitutes an invaluable source of ideas for practicing EFL teachers at any level who wish to go a step further in their approach to English in their classrooms in my opinion. Furthermore, its critical, practical, innovative and social constructivist perspective make it an effective tool to open the reader’s mind. In short, English as a Lingua Franca for EFL Contexts is a book that is worth the attention of anyone involved in the teaching of English as a foreign language.

- Pulso, 42, 2019 - Sara García Cuevas, Centro Universitario Cardenal Cisneros, Spain

...the arguments put forward in this highly recommended book are convincing ones. The real-life communication needs of non-native users of English has led to our re-thinking of teaching approaches.

- IATEFL Voices 273, March/April 2020 - David Rixham EFL teacher, White Rose Language School, Spain

Author Biography:

Nicos C. Sifakis is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities, Hellenic Open University, Greece. He is the co-editor of English Language Education Policies and Practices: A Mediterranean Perspective (with Yasemin Bayyurt, 2017, Peter Lang).

Natasha Tsantila is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences, Deree College – The American College of Greece. She is the co-editor of ELF: Pedagogical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with J. Mandalios and M. Ilkos, 2016, Deree – The American College of Greece).

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional

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