Michelle Ocriciano
Pronunciation - Using the Lingua Franca Core as a starting point

There are over 1500 million English speakers around the world, yet only 375 million are native English speakers. It is common knowledge that English has increasingly been used as a lingua franca (ELF) -  a  common language  between non-native speakers (Seidhofer 2011). Pronunciation plays a key role in successful communication between English speakers of different nationalities, but it can be demotivating for learners to imitate native pronunciation. Instead of focusing on native-likeness, an alternative way would be to focus on intelligibility. Jenkin’s (2000) introduced the Lingua Franca Core (LFC), which can be used to teach pronunciation features that will help learners become more intelligible rather than trying to achieve native-like competence. The presentation proposes to use the Lingua Franca Core as a starting point when dealing with pronunciation teaching. Participants will leave with an understanding of the LFC and some suggestions on how to integrate it in the EAP context.

Michelle Ocriciano is an EAP teacher at UNSW Institute of Languages. She has been teaching in various contexts for 17 years in Brazil, the United States and Australia.   She holds a B.A. in English and Linguistics, a B.Ed., CELTA, a Graduate Diploma in TEFL and an MA in Technology in Language Teaching. Her fields of interest are Technology in Language Teaching & Learning, Teacher PD, Language Variation and English as Lingua Franca.