ELF and multilingual practices in professional contexts

Date: 7 November, 2013 - 8 November, 2013
Location: University of Southampton
Event type: Workshop

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Workshop theme:

English is today recognised as the language of international workplace communication. All over the world, not only in business but also in international organisations, English as a Lingua Franca has become increasingly adopted both for internal and external communications. However, other multilingual resources are also known to play an important role in professional communication. As the workplace becomes an increasingly super-diverse environment, with people coming from various backgrounds and experiences, how do ELF and multilingual practices co-exist in professional contexts?

This two-half-day workshop, organised by Dr Alessia Cogo at the University of Southampton, aims to encourage multi- and inter-disciplinary exchanges on the phenomenon of super-diversity in ELF professional contexts. This is a small workshop and there will be plenty of time for asking questions and discussion. We will be exploring questions such as:


  • Who are the people who work in these super-diverse contexts and how do we begin to explore/understand their repertoires?
  • How do multilingual practices and ELF interplay in the workplace on a daily basis?
  • How can people develop the transcultural skills and knowledge to operate professionally?
  • What are the implications for professional identity?
  • What are the implications for English language teaching and educational practitioners?

Invited speakers:

Jo Angouri – University of the West of England, Bristol (UK)

Anne Kari Bjørge - Norwegian School of Economics (Norway)

Martin Dewey – King’s College London (UK)

Susanne Ehrenreich – TU Dortmund University (Germany)

Juliane House – Hamburg University (Germany)

Jennifer Jenkins – University of Southampton (UK)

Marie-Luise Pitzl – Salzburg University (Austria)

Miyuki Takino – University of Southampton (UK)


Further details can be found at :   http://english-lingua-franca.org/activities/current


There is no registration fee to attend.  Spaces are limited and will be based on a first come first served basis. Please register early by emailing to: elf.ren.workshop@gmail.com  Please mark in the subject header of the email “REGISTRATION”.

Please note you are not registered until you receive a confirming email that will contain further information regarding attendance.  Attendees are responsible for making their own arrangements for transport and overnight accommodation. Useful information on accommodation will be provided in the confirming email when registration has been confirmed.


Contact Information

If you have any questions, please contact the workshop organisers, Maritza Martinez Sanchez and Miyuki Takino, at : elf.ren.workshop@gmail.com


 There is no fee to attend but you must register as places are limited.