ENL, ESL, EFL, EIL or ELF: On the Idea of Teaching the Lingua Franca Core at Dutch Secondary Schools
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This thesis attempts to investigate the relevance of Jenkins’s theory in Dutch educational settings and argues that it would be undesirable to teach the LFC at Dutch secondary schools: the Lingua Franca Core, which is the pronunciation model of English as a Lingua Franca, should not be introduced at Dutch secondary schools because it is neither teachable nor widely accepted. In addition, there is no evidence for the suggested advantages with respect to learnability, intelligibility and comprehensibility. Chapter 2 addresses the question of how the Lingua Franca Core may be taught. In Chapter 3, it is argued that native-like accents are still highly valued, which causes the Lingua Franca Core to be unacceptable to most people. Chapter 4 argues that the Lingua Franca Core is not easier to learn than a native-like accent for Dutch (secondary school) students. In Chapter 5, the claimed intelligibility and comprehensibility of the Lingua Franca Core are discussed.