Make your voice heard and tune your ears for a global orchestra

Lichterfeld, Katrin (2021) Make your voice heard and tune your ears for a global orchestra. Proceedings of the first GiLE4Youth International Conference : The Development of Competencies for Employability. pp. 6-15.

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Many people still think that sounding like a native speaker together with correct grammar and perfect vocabulary are the main elements of successful international communication. There have been countless situations when people did not speak up because they feared that their noticeable accent features could be considered as a low level of expertise and that this could result into social, educational, and professional disadvantages or even discrimination. How is English mostly used by international communication partners and what information about them is available? Who is responsible for misunderstandings or communication breakdown? Based on secondary analysis of researchers in the areas of (business) English as a lingua franca and sociolinguistics, the relationship between accent and authenticity as well as identity and intelligibility will be clarified. Moreover, the Common European framework of reference for languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR, 2001) and the CEFR Companion Volume (2020) can be regarded as an ideal framework for educators and employers to increase employability by developing a (B)ELF mindset. This will not only raise awareness of a person’s plurilingual and pluricultural repertoire, but also challenge certain attitudes, beliefs, and intercultural appropriateness. Despite the close relationship between language and culture and its huge impact on constructing ourself and the other, accent prejudice and linguistic racism have often been neglected and should be added to the map of diversity and inclusion, as they are crucial for our sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education / oktatás > LB Theory and practice of education / oktatás elmélete és gyakorlata > LB2300 Higher Education / felsőoktatás
L Education / oktatás > LC Special aspects of education / speciális oktatási formák > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education / felnőttoktatás, folyamatos képzés
Depositing User: Zsolt Baráth
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2022 09:31
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2022 06:36

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