Pre-service English teachers' attitudes towards English as a lingua franca

Jean E. Curran*, Chiou lan Chern

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This study investigated the attitudes pre-service English teachers—English majors, students minoring in English, graduate students, and interns—have towards English as a lingua franca. Results showed differences concerning the native speaker of English as a role model and the importance of exposure to a variety of Englishes. Interns and English majors expressed higher expectations for attaining native-like proficiency; English minors showed less reliance on a native-speaker model. To help future educators develop greater awareness of the role of English in today's world, teacher preparation programs in settings where English is a foreign language should reflect a global Englishes perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-146
Number of pages10
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Aug


  • English as a lingua franca
  • Pre-service teachers' beliefs and attitudes
  • Teacher training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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