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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Full Title: 7th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca

Short Title: ELF7
Location: Athens, Greece
Start Date: 04-Sep-2014 - 06-Sep-2014
Contact: Natasha Tsantila
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://www.elf7.org
Meeting Description: The 7th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF7) to be held at
DEREE - The American College of Greece, Athens, on September 4-6, 2014 follows the
highly successful first six conferences in the series that were held in Helsinki (2008),
Southampton (2009), Vienna (2010), Hong Kong (2011), Istanbul (2012), and Rome

ELF has now established itself as a major and expanding field of academic research. Its
interconnections with pedagogy and a host of other disciplines are being currently
discussed, acknowledged, and investigated. Targeting English language educators who
work with English language users from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds in a
wide variety of settings, ELF can uniquely be interconnected with issues affecting and
related to identity, language policy-making, intercultural awareness, technology, and
language use at all levels facilitating human communications globally.

ELF7 seeks to explore these interfaces of ELF with pedagogy and other disciplines in the
interest of the advancement of the field.

Keynote Speakers:

Henry Widdowson: University of Vienna, Austria
Elana Shohamy: Tel-Aviv University, Israel
Maria Grazia Guido: University of Salento, Italy
Nicos Sifakis: Hellenic Open University, Greece
LL Issue: 25.1171

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