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CELF

Welcome to CELF

Tamagawa University’s Center for English as a Lingua Franca (CELF) was established in 2014 to apply ELF research to teaching English (and teaching through English) for students across the humanities and sciences.

Real proficiency is when you are able to
take possession of the language, turn it to
your advantage, and make it real for you.

Widdowson, H. G. (1994). The ownership of English. TESOL Quarterly, 28(2). p. 384.

Center for ELF

Tamagawa University’s Center for English as a Lingua Franca (CELF) is among the world’s first centers dedicated to the advancement of ELF research and pedagogy. Its teaching staff come from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

  • From the Director

  • Faculty

  • History

  • Paul McBride

    Director, CELF

    Welcome to Tamagawa University’s Center for English as a Lingua Franca (CELF) homepage. The center was established in 2014 for campus-wide study of English for global communication.
    Why study English as a global lingua franca when ‘standard’ English, derived from a shared first language in the United States or the United Kingdom for example, is the focus of much attention in teaching and learning? ...

  • Multilingual faculty members

    To our knowledge, Tamagawa University’s Center for English as a Lingua Franca (CELF) is among the world’s first centers to apply ELF research to teaching English and teaching through English for academic purposes. Even though native-speakerism and associated provincialism are strongly ingrained in Japanese society (e.g., Houghton & Rivers, 2013),...

  • History

    Tamagawa University’s English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) program started in 2013, with around 1,000 students at the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Tourism and Hospitality. The summer and winter ELF sessions, as well as special ELF classes for 12th graders at Tamagawa High School, also started in the same year. Tamagawa University’s Center for English as a Lingua Franca (CELF) was established in the following year, and it has offered English education to an increasing number of students across the humanities and sciences...

ELF program

The ELF program facilitates meaningful engagement, critical thinking, and effective communication in the context of increasing interdependence among the world's people. English may be regarded as 'belonging' to everyone who uses it, including students who study English as a lingua franca for intercultural and transcultural communication.

  • Theoretical underpinnings

    The center’s aims include the pursuit of good language teaching practice in general, as per the evolution of the ELF field and according to sound theoretical understandings of the field and related disciplines.

  • Empirical applications

    The aims of the ELF program include teaching English for global communication, in which multilingualism is inherent, an endeavor to be realized through the broad guidelines proposed in this page.

  • Sample class videos /
    Student interviews

    Why not meet our students? Interviews were conducted in English and Japanese translations are provided. (The link below will take you to the Japanese version of this website.)

Research

The center’s faculty members have strong research records in ELF and related strands within applied linguistics. They are active in collaborating with each other and sharing ideas and experiences both domestically and internationally.

Working papers

Research and pedagogy reviews

Faculty research activities

  • 23 nationalities
  • 17 native languages
  • 1 center in the world