Vigo International Journal of Applied Linguistics VIAL
Enric Llurda (1): The representation of EFL teachers views on the role of English as a Lingua Franca. VIAL. Number 4/2007: 11-24.
The increasing number of non-native speakers of English in the world is
at the base of recent claims for the need to emphasize the role of
English as a lingua franca in the EFL classrooms. This paper
investigates Catalan English teachers views on this matter by means of
a questionnaire that focused on aspects like preference of native or
non-native language teachers, cultural knowledge of EFL teachers, and
target variety of English. Results indicate that teachers are still
strongly influenced by the supremacy of the native-speaker and the
vision of English as a language which is mostly restricted to
native-speaking communities, with some significant differences found
among different groups of teachers.
Keywords: English lingua franca, English as an international language, EFL teachers, non-native teachers, teachers’ beliefs.
(1) Universitat de Lleida, Spain.
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