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General Information

Teaching (B)ELF and/or Intercultural Communication?

22-23 June 2012

TU Dortmund University (Germany), Department of English

initiated by Susanne Ehrenreich & Marie-Luise Pitzl


Invited speakers

Will Baker, University of Southampton

Rudolf Camerer, elc - European Language Competence

Alessia Cogo, University of Southampton

Vicky 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


Workshop theme

As a lingua franca, English is used – and appropriated – as a shared communicative resource for a variety of purposes by speakers from different first language backgrounds in intercultural constellations. A central question that emerges from this fact is: How can English be taught in a way that reflects its lingua franca nature as well as its intercultural dimensions?

The aim of this workshop is to provide a forum for scholars in the fields of (B)ELF and Intercultural Communication to explore these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, discussing pertinent conceptual, empirical and applied linguistic concerns. As a prominent domain in terms of research activity in ELF as well as intercultural communication and an area in which pedagogical innovation can be observed, international business promises to be a productive example that has the potential of opening up new perspectives for a re-orientation in ELT in more general terms. For the detailed workshop programme, please click here: Workshop_Programme


Workshop format

In order to allow sufficient space for an in-depth exploration of ideas and suggestions, the format of this workshop will include short expert statements by invited speakers alongside extended discussions with invited speakers and audience. The workshop starts Friday (22 June) around noon and finishes Saturday (23 June) around 6 pm.



In addition to invited speakers, the workshop is open to a limited number of international and local audience members.

Participation in the workshop is free and includes coffee breaks, refreshments and lunch on Saturday. Participation in the workshop dinner on Friday evening is 30 € (to be paid at onsite, upon registration on Friday).

Places for the workshop will be allocated on a first come first served basis for audience members. The number of participants is limited to 60 people in total, so early registration is recommended.

To register for the workshop, please send an email with the subject line ‘Registration ELF-ReN workshop’ to by June 6, 2012. In this email, please indicate the following details:

  • First name

  • Last name

  • University Affiliation

  •                 Whether you wish to attend the Conference Dinner or not.