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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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