English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) in ESP contexts. Students' attitudes towards non-native speech and analysis of teaching materials


  • Yolanda Joy Calvo-Benzies Universidad de las Islas Baleares, Spain




ELF, ESP, Textbook analysis, Students’ attitudes, Native and nonnative accents


This paper focuses on non-native accents in ESP classrooms. In particular it looks at native and non-native speakers of English accents used in the audio material accompanying six ESP textbooks. In a second study, a group of undergraduate ESP students of Law and Tourism were asked to assess some of the non-native speakers accents found in these materials, focussing on aspects such as fluency, pronunciation, intelligibility and foreign accent. More specifically, they were asked to rate the following non-native accents of speakers in English: French, German, Polish, Chinese and Spanish. Results from the first part of the study show that native speaker models continue to be present in ESP textbooks to a far higher degree than non-native ones. In the second part, the non-native accents that students rated most positively were those of German and Polish speakers, and those seen in the most negative terms were French and Spanish. In general, the Law students tended to value native accents more than non-native ones, whereas students of Tourism broadly accept both native and non-native accents.


The research described in this paper was funded by the Autonomous Government of Galicia (Grants numbers CN2012/81, GPC2015/004) and by the Spanish Ministry of Innovation and Industry (Grant number FFI2015-64057-P).


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Calvo-Benzies, Yolanda Joy. 2017. “English As a Lingua Franca (ELF) in ESP Contexts. Students’ Attitudes towards Non-Native Speech and Analysis of Teaching Materials”. Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina De Estudios Ingleses, no. 30 (December):27-60. https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.2017.30.02.