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TOPIC: ELF in online communication - from 19 Sept

ELF in online communication - from 19 Sept 2 years 3 weeks ago #90

Dear ELF ReN members,

following to the posts related to CofP, we would like to invite you to share reflections on the following quote:

“Alongside local speech communities sharing a dialect, we are witnessing the increased emergence of global discourse communities, or communities of practice, or other groupings sharing their particular modes of communication, with English being the most widely used code. This development has a momentum of its own, and is happening at a pace that gives us little time to adjust our conceptual categories” (Seidlhofer 2011: 88)

Looking forward to reading your comments :)

Paola & Valeria
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ELF in online communication - from 19 Sept 2 years 2 weeks ago #91

Dear ELF ReN members,

As you know, originally the forum was going to be open for two weeks, from September 19th to October 2nd.

However, we have thought that it would be a good idea to leave the thread open for the time being, so that you can still contribute to the discussion and share your reflections, ideas and comments :)

Wishing you a good week and looking forward to reading more posts :)

Valeria & Paola
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ELF in online communication - from 19 Sept 1 year 11 months ago #92

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Dear ELF/ReN members, dear Paola, dear Valeria :)

I am joining this thread a bit late, but hopefully we can continue with this engaging discussion of ELF in online communication. One of the things that I find most interesting about online communication has to do with multimodality. How digital communication is textual (written or oral), but also visual, gestual, etc. Blogs, websites, social media, they all include pictures, gifs, videos, animations, etc. And that interaction between the different 'modes' adds meaning to the textual communication (New London Group, 1996; Bezemer & Kress, 2008; Cope, Kanlantzis, Harvey 2003; Cooper, Lockyer, Brown 2013). To my knowledge, and please correct me if I'm wrong, this combination of theoretical frameworks between multimodality and multiliteracy on the one hand, and ELF on the other hand have not been thoroughly explored. But I think we need to formulate a theory of Multimodal ELF as present in virtual communication.
We convey messages online using ELF communicative strategies, (as described by Paola in her seminal book ELF in Wider Networking), but digital texts (written or otherwise) are not isolated online, they mean something when in combination with other multimodal elements, and it is the whole 'package' that gives meaning to the parts.

Another question that I ponder over is the connection between ELF, multimodality and teaching methodology. The theory of Multiliteracy or multiliteracies is the pedagogical application of the multimodal framework, but even though it acknowledges the need to address cultural and local differences in the language classroom it does not in effect include any of the advances of ELF research and it should. Any ideas on how this could be implemented? How can an ELF-aware pedagogy be combined with the ideas included in the model of the Pedagogy of Multiliteracies? Because after all, language students today communicate in an ELF multimodal world thanks to the web 2.0 and the relatively easy access to smart devices.

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REFERENCES:
newarcproject.pbworks.com/f/Pedagogy%2Bo...2BLondon%2BGroup.pdf
wcx.sagepub.com/content/25/2/166.short?rss=1&ssource=mfr
Kalantzis, M., Cope, B., & Harvey, A. (2003). Assessing multiliteracies and the new basics. Assessment in Education, 10(1).
www.researchgate.net/publication/2632490...mediated_environment

www.degruyter.com/view/j/jelf.2015.4.iss...0/jelf-2015-0030.xml
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ELF in online communication - from 19 Sept 1 year 11 months ago #93

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I would like to address the second point of ipineda (I am sorry but I do not see your full name in the post, I apologise if I’ve missed it). The comment links ELF-aware pedagogy with the pedagogy of multiliteracies. I think this is one of the (many) issues that need to be addressed when thinking about the integration of ELF in the EFL classroom. Unfortunately, there’s hardly any research on this.

As I have argued elsewhere, ELF awareness involves: (a) an awareness of language (in all its modalities) and communication; (b) an awareness of instruction (i.e. how the EFL teacher perceives issues like correcting and providing feedback); and (c) an awareness of learners’ learning (and other) needs.

Linking ELF with the multimodalities framework is an interesting and important additional dimension that, in my mind at least, is subsumed under (a) above. It will definitely enrich learners EFL experience. However, it is my contention that it should not be seen as a separate or distinct issue, divorced from the other two dimensions. For example, what good would ELF integration be if the teacher always corrects disregarding the creative potential of her/his learners in dealing with ELF interactions? Also, how could ELF be integrated in a context that is dependable on sitting (and passing) high-stakes exams? Or in a context where textbooks dominate and the teachers have no say about how the textbooks are used?

ELF awareness is the only way ELF can be integrated in the EFL classroom (let’s not forget, ELF itself cannot be taught, not in the same way that EFL is taught), but, in order for this to begin to happen, we must bring into the conversation the intricate and very specific realities of different EFL classrooms, and this should include concerns such as the attitudes of teachers and learners (and other stakeholders with a say in this) about the use of English inside and outside the classroom, the role of teachers as custodians of Standard English, the target situation (i.e. the reason for attending the class), various motivational factors, and so on.

Nicos Sifakis
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ELF in online communication - from 19 Sept 1 year 11 months ago #94

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Thank you Nicos, :)
(It's Inma, sorry I forgot to add it to my original post). I totally agree with you that to be able to combine the multiliteracies framework with an ELF-aware pedagogy, one could primarily understand it as part of (online) communication awareness (linguistic or otherwise), but it goes beyond that. An ELF-Multiliteracies teaching perspective should also address issues of assessment, teaching contexts, learning styles, etc, not merely of communication.
Thank you for your insightful comments, could you please provide the reference to your idea so that I can quote you in the future? ;)
ELF awareness involves: (a) an awareness of language (in all its modalities) and communication; (b) an awareness of instruction (i.e. how the EFL teacher perceives issues like correcting and providing feedback); and (c) an awareness of learners’ learning (and other) needs.

I would like to add that even though ELF research and the multiliteracies framework have been developed separately, present day online communication in English is multimodal and it is, in many instances, done in English in countries where it is not a native language. For example, 95% of videos uploaded to Youtube are in English, but 80% of Youtube views are from outside the US and UK. Which means that NNESs are constantly exposed to this type of multimodal-ELF communication.

I hope that with my arguments about (1) the combination of ELF and Multimodal communication and (2) ELF-aware pedagogy in combination with the Multiliteracies framework, I haven't drifted too far from the original topic of ELF in Online communication.
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ELF in online communication - from 19 Sept 1 year 11 months ago #95

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Thank you Inma for your message. Please note that I did not disagree at all with your points, I just wanted to add an extra dimension to show the complexity of the issue, and to add that the integration of ELF within the multiliteracies framework would have to content with other issues as well. Of course, the multimodal character of online communication is, as you argue, much closer to the realities of ELF users, who use English extensively outside the ELT classroom and do so primarily in terms of online communication (while playing video games, chatting, FBing, etc).

I have a paper that I can send you (to your private email) with the above points more extensively presented -- please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Many thanks, once again,

Nicos
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ELF in online communication - from 19 Sept 1 year 11 months ago #96

Dear Inma, dear Nicos, and dear ELF-ReN members

Thank you for your messages - it’s good that the discussion in the forum is still going on, and that further points can be discussed and reflections shared :cheer: B)
The point made by Inma about multimodality is an important one, and investigating how all semiotic (or heteroglossic) resources are used in online communication by ELF users would be a very interesting area of research indeed.

The potential connections between multimodality, multiliteracy and ELF-aware pedagogy, particularly – as Nicos points out -- in linking how English is actively used in outside-the-classroom contexts, mostly as a lingua franca, would be worth exploration in ELF research, and connected to the complexity of ELF-aware pedagogy. Internationally oriented didactic projects carried out through CMC and telecollaboration, that have been investigated in ELF literature (e.g. by Kohn, Grazzi, Vettorel), could for example be valuable starting points to further explore these connections.

It would be great to hear more views and experiences on these points :)

Paola & Valeria
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