New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning English

The contributions to this volume explore several focal issues related to the global spread of English and their implications for English language teaching, providing both theoretical and empirical perspectives on recent research and implications in educational terms. The volume is divided into three thematic sections, namely “Developments in ELF research and pedagogic implications”, “Raising teachers’ awareness of ELF”, and “ELF and ELT practices”.

The book provides up-to-date perspectives on the issues, implications and repercussions that findings in ELF research can have for ELT practices. The contributors are all scholars and researchers who have long been engaged in ELF-related research, and who have undertaken operational and practical work in the field, and, as such, offer novel perspectives on the effects of EFL research on the teaching and learning of English. The volume also presents the findings of innovative projects in teacher education, involving pre- and in-service teachers, providing exemplificative good practices of possible new routes into pluralistic, ELF-aware and ELF-oriented didactic perspectives.


Paola Vettorel is Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Verona. Her recent publications include “ELF in international school exchanges: stepping into the role of ELF users” in JELF 2/1: 147–173 (2013) and English as a Lingua Franca in Wider Networking: Blogging practices (2014).

"This carefully selected collection makes a valuable contribution to the study of English as a Lingua Franca by providing stimulating insights into the pedagogic implications of ELF. It can prove a very useful resource for both researchers and practitioners who want to engage with ELF conceptualisations as well as its sociolinguistic and educational perspectives, as it raises the issues that have to be resolved to pave the way for the new frontier in teaching to be determined by the new frontier in learning."

Franca Poppi Associate Professor of English Linguistics and Translation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Iperstoria 7 (2016)

"I believe this volume makes a welcome contribution to the expanding field of research of English as a lingua franca, and particularly to the implications that the global spread of English crucially has in English Language Teaching (and learning). […] In its insightful exploration of possible new routes in language education following the challenges brought about by the lingua franca role English plays nowadays, the volume certainly represents an important, appreciated addition to both ELF and ELT research fields."

Professor Roberta Facchinetti Head of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures; Chair of English Language and Linguistics, University of Verona, Italy

"This carefully selected collection makes a valuable contribution to the study of English as a Lingua Franca and its implications for teaching English in different contexts. It offers clear insights into the latest developments in ELF research and highlights the complexities of relating ELF findings to teacher education, pedagogies and practices. The chapters in this volume address critical applications for the classroom from novel perspectives, including issues concerning the multilingual classrooms, online communication exchanges and the thorny aspect of assessment. The collection is a very useful resource for both researchers and practitioners who want to engage with ELF conceptualisations, as well as its sociolinguistic and educational perspectives."

Alessia Cogo Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

"Based on current studies and widespread interest in the field of ELF, New Frontiers in Teaching and Learning English offers in-depth reflection on theoretical and practical issues related to this area of language study. Paola Vettorel wisely interlinks the sections by making them become a read-and-reflect opportunity for students of languages and linguistics, teachers, trainers and language education professionals who wish to challenge themselves with new perspectives. This book confirms the dynamic personality of Paola Vettorel and her precious style of approaching learning and teaching issues with a sound scientific background presented with liveliness and joy."

Carmen Argondizzo Professor of English Linguistics, University of Calabria, Italy; AICLU President

Yasemin Bayyurt

Luisa Bozzo

Enrico Grazzi

Lucilla Lopriore

David Newbold

Luciana Pedrazzini

Barbara Seidlofer

Nicos Sifakis

Henry Widdowson

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ISBN: 1-4438-7458-2

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-7458-8

Release Date: 16th March 2015

Pages: 290

Price: £47.99

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