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Why are Variation and English as a Lingua Franca Important Tools within the EFL Class?

Viviana Gallo    Università degli Studi di Padova, Italia    

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abstract

This article focuses on the importance of variation and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) within the EFL class, as this language shows a plurality of native and non-native varieties. Most of the interactions take place between speakers of different L1, where ELF works as a shared code. Concerning variation, this study highlights how its use allows learners to mirror the cultural identity of their interlocutors by developing extremely effective mutual understanding. Finally, examples of experience-based activities show how the use of communication strategies elicits important life skills, whose development is strongly recommended by Agenda 2030.

Published
March 22, 2022
Accepted
Feb. 26, 2022
Submitted
June 29, 2021
Language
EN