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ELF ReN Coordinators

Alessia Cogoalessia.cogo

Goldsmiths, University of London

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Alessia Cogo is a lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London (UK) where she works as an applied linguist and sociolinguist. Before then she worked at King's College London, the University of Surrey and the University of Southampton.

Her research concerns the relation between ELF and multilingual practices in contexts of super-diversity. She has explored themes like negotiation in business communication, the use of intercultural pragmatic strategies, language attitudes and orientations, especially among young people, teachers and business professionals. She supervises PhD students in the areas of ELF-related language practices and their links with attitudes, identity and ideology. 

She has been involved in various ELF-related projects. From 2008-2010 she worked LINEE (Languages in a Network of European Excellence), a European FP7 project on multilingualism where she explored the notion of multicompetence and ELF in educational contexts. After that she was awarded the Adventures in Research award to explore ELF and multilingual practices in business contexts, focusing on translanguaging in superdiverse community. Resulting from the project, she hosted the 2nd ReN workshop on 'ELF and multilingualism in professional contexts' in November 2013. Apart from the ELF ReN, she is also a member of the AILA research network on Folk Linguistics. 

As an applied linguist, Alessia is also interested in the applications of ELF research for language teaching. She is Convenor of the MA in Multilingualism Linguistics and Education at Goldsmiths. She is also the Reviews Editor of the English Language Teaching Journal (ELTJ).

For more information on her research activities and publications please see http://www.gold.ac.uk/ecl/staff/a-cogo/


Marie-Luise Pitzl marieluise

University of Vienna

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Marie-Luise Pitzl is an applied linguist and sociolinguist who has been active in ELF research since 2004. Her research interests and publications on ELF include topics such as resolving miscommunication in international business meetings, corpus building, lexical innovation, linguistic creativity, idiom and metaphor. She has given many presentations at international conferences and has served as a member of the Scientific Committee for conferences such as ELF3 (2010), ELF5 (2012), ELF6 (2013) and Changing English (2013). She has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca since its launch in 2012 and has peer-reviewed for international journals such as Applied Linguistics.

From 2005 to 2011, Marie-Luise worked as a researcher on the compilation of the Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English (VOICE) at the University of Vienna, where she also taught as an External Lecturer from 2009 to 2011 and where she received her PhD in English Applied Linguistics in 2011. From September 2011 to August 2012, she was a full-time Lecturer in English Applied Linguistics at TU Dortmund University, where she hosted the 1st ELF-ReN Workshop on the topic of “Teaching (B)ELF and/or Intercultural Communication?” in June 2012.

From October 2012 to August 2014, Marie-Luise has held a position as Assistant Professor at the English Department at the University of Salzburg, where she continued her work on ELF and teaches courses in English linguistics and language teacher education. As of September 2014, she holds a position as a Postdoc in Applied Linguistics at the English Department at the University of Vienna.

Next ELF ReN Events

The 11th International Conference of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF11) is going to be held from the 4th to 7th July 2018 at King's College London, London (UK).

For more information visit the website elf11.kcl.ac.uk.

Latest News

In April 2016, the Japan Association of College English Teachers (JACET) ELF-SIG was established under the leadership of Prof Kumiko Murata (Waseda U) and Prof Nobuyuki Hino (Osaka U). Meetings and workshops aimed at raising awareness about ELF and its implications have been held regularly. The group started with 20 founding members and now has almost 60. Details can be found at the group's website:


January 2015 -Our ReN has been approved for renewal by AILA for an additional three-year term (2015-2018)

July 2013 -The ELF ReN website goes online!