• Will Baker
    Invited Colloquium Chairs

    Will Baker

    Centre for Global Englishes

    University of Southampton (United Kingdom)

    Title of Colloquium:

    English as a lingua franca and intercultural communication: Transculturality, identity and intercultural citizenship

    Main Abstract

    ELF is by definition a form of intercultural communication due to speakers’ different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. As ELF research has progressed, it has raised important issues around how core concepts in intercultural communication such as, identity, community, and culture are understood and the role of language in constructing and representing these. In particular, empirical data from ELF studies has highlighted the complexity of connections between languages and cultures and the difficulty and inappropriateness of attributing a priori links (e.g. Baker 2015; Hua 2015; Pitzl 2018). ELF communication frequently features multiple cultural scales present simultaneously, in situ negotiation of fluid identities and English used as a multilingua franca (Jenkins 2015) alongside other languages and communicative resources. This complexity problematizes not only simplistic national scale language and culture correlations, but also the notion of intercultural communication, since it is often not clear what cultures participants are in-between. Instead, the notion of transcultural communication may be more appropriate where participants transcend cultural and linguistic boarders and in the process transform those boundaries (Baker and Sangiamchit 2019). In this colloquium, we will explore contemporary approaches to intercultural communication and ELF research with a focus on issues of identity construction and negotiation in intercultural and transcultural scenarios. We will present studies on the role of language, culture and identity for study-abroad and international students and the relationship to the development of intercultural awareness and intercultural citizenship. We will also consider the role of English as part of translingual youth practices in their negotiation of cultures and identities online.

    References

    Baker, W. (2015). Culture and identity through English as a lingua franca: rethinking concepts and goals in intercultural communication Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

    Baker, W., & Sangiamchit, C. (2019). Transcultural communication: Language, communication and culture through English as a lingua franca in a social network community. Language and Intercultural Communication, 19(6), 471-487. doi: 10.1080/14708477.2019.1606230

    Hua, Z. (2015). Negotiation as the Rule of Engagement in Intercultural and Lingua Franca Communication: Meaning, Frame of References and Interculturality Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 4(1), 63-90. doi: 10.1515/jelf-2015-0008

    Jenkins, J. (2015). Repositioning English and multilingualism in English as a Lingua Franca. Englishes in Practice, 2(3), 49-85. doi: 10.1515/eip-2015-0003

    Pitzl, M.-L. (2018). Transient international groups (TIGs): exploring the group and development dimension of ELF. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 7(1), 25-58. doi: 10.1515/jelf-2018-0002

    Brief bio: 

    Dr. Will Baker is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Global Englishes in Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton, UK, where he convenes the MA programme in Global Englishes. His research interests include English as a lingua franca (ELF), intercultural and transcultural communication, English language teaching and English medium instruction education. He has published and presented internationally in all these fields including as: co-editor of the ‘Routledge Handbook of English as a Lingua Franca’ (2018); author of the monograph ‘Culture and Identity through English as a Lingua Franca’ (De GruyterMouton, 2015); co-editor of the book series ‘Developments in English as Lingua Franca’ (De Gruyter Mouton); as well as numerous articles in leading journals (e.g. TESOL Quarterly, Language and Intercultural Communication, Language Teaching, ELT Journal, Language Teaching Research and Journal of English as a Lingua Franca). His current research projects involve examinations of transcultural communication in social network communities, and exploring the relationship between English language learning and use and the development of Global/Intercultural Citizenship among international students.

     

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