|Title:||The importance of the fifth skill in language learning : exemplified by English as a lingua franca|
|Authors :||van den Bergh, Samuel|
|Published in :||My language your language/ bahasaku bahasamu|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution :||Pernerbit Universiti Putra Malaysia Press|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution:||Serdang|
|License (according to publishing contract) :||Licence according to publishing contract|
|Type of review:||Not specified|
|Subjects :||English as lingua franca; Fifth skill; Crosscultural communication|
|Subject (DDC) :||401.9: Psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics|
|Abstract:||The four classic skills of language learning are reading, writing, listening and speaking. Using a foreign language calls for a fifth skill, an understanding of multilingual and multicultural contexts. The fifth skill enhances intercultural competence, a key success factor in an interconnected, fast changing and globalized world. If we manage to increase the intercultural sensitivity of the language learner, we help augment his ability to make complex perceptual distinctions around his own cultural experiences. As a learner's awareness of cultural differences becomes more differentiated, he potentially increases his competence in intercultural relations. English, like no other language, has become the common linguistic denominator. Studies show that eighty percent of communication beyond national borders is done in English and non-native speakers of English outnumber native speakers three to one. While new English-speakers are using it to communicate across cultures and contexts, they are actively shaping the English language. The fifth skill has become the key success factor for sustainable intercultural interactions and diversity management, and English as a lingua franca is the preferred and neutral tool to communicate across borders. The presentation furthermore highlights some fundamental differences in the communication styles and value orientations of various non-native speakers of English, which help sensitise the language learner to the linguistic diversity within the of English and its users.|
|Organisational Unit:||Language Competence Centre (LCC)|
|Publication type:||Book Part|
|Appears in Collections:||Publikationen Angewandte Linguistik|
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