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ELF and multilingual practices in professional contexts

ELF ReN workshop

Date & Location: 7-8 November 2013; University of Southampton (UK), Avenue Campus 

Organiser: Dr Alessia Cogo 

Workshop material and resources

We have had many requests for the workshop content to be made available. Here you can find some material from the event. 


Alharbi and Dewey

Anne Kari Bjørge

Juliane House

Jennifer Jenkins


Workshop theme:

English is today recognised as the language of international workplace communication. All over the world, not only in business but also in international organisations, English as a Lingua Franca has become increasingly adopted both for internal and external communications. However, other multilingual resources are also known to play an important role in professional communication. As the workplace becomes an increasingly super-diverse environment, with people coming from various backgrounds and experiences, how do ELF and multilingual practices co-exist in professional contexts?

This two-half-day workshop aims to encourage multi- and inter-disciplinary exchanges on the phenomenon of super-diversity in ELF professional contexts. This is a small workshop and there will be plenty of time for asking questions and discussion. We will be exploring questions such as:

-Who are the people who work in these super-diverse contexts and how do we begin to explore/understand their repertoires?

-How do multilingual practices and ELF interplay in the workplace on a daily basis?

-How can people develop the transcultural skills and knowledge to operate professionally?

-What are the implications for professional identity?

-What are the implications for English language teaching and educational practitioners?

Invited speakers:

Jo Angouri – University of the West of England, Bristol (UK)

Anne Kari Bjørge - Norwegian School of Economics (Norway)

Martin Dewey – King’s College London (UK)

Susanne Ehrenreich – TU Dortmund University (Germany)

Juliane House – Hamburg University (Germany)

Jennifer Jenkins – University of Southampton (UK)

Marie-Luise Pitzl – Salzburg University (Austria)

Miyuki Takino – University of Southampton (UK)


1st ELF-ReN workshop
Teaching (B)ELF and/or Intercultural Communication?
22-23 June 2012, TU Dortmund (Germany)

The 1st ELF-ReN Workshop took place at TU Dortmund University (Germany) on 22–23 June 2012. The workshop with the theme ‘Teaching (B)ELF and/or Intercultural Communication?’ was initiated by Susanne Ehrenreich and Marie-Luise Pitzl and hosted by Marie-Luise Pitzl. The aim of the 2-day workshop was to provide a forum for scholars in the fields of (B)ELF and Intercultural Communication to explore the question ‘How can English be taught in a way that reflects its lingua franca nature as well as its intercultural dimension?’ from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Invited speakers included Will Baker (University of Southampton), Rudolf Camerer (elc – European Language Competence), Alessia Cogo (University of Southampton), Vicki Hollett (University of Pennsylvania), Anne Kankaanranta (Aalto University School of Economics), Karlfried Knapp (University of Erfurt), Patricia Pullin (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich), Zhu Hua (Birkbeck University of London).

Click here for the programme. For more information see the workshop website.


1st ELF-ReN Meeting

The first ELF-ReN Meeting took place on 25 May 2012 during the 5th International Conference on English as a lingua franca (ELF5), 24–26 May 2012, at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul (Turkey).






















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.