Literacy Skills Education from the Perspective of English as a Lingua Franca: A Case Study on Taiwanese Students’ Secondary English Language Education Experience

  • Melissa H. Yu


Under the English as a lingua franca (ELF) research paradigm, most studies have considered English language education as a route to develop literacy skills for international communication in higher, not secondary education. Against this backdrop, a questionnaire survey of 181 students and 18 semi-structured interviews were conducted to illuminate how adequately literacy skills are developed in Taiwanese high schools for international communication. The results indicated that secondary English language education is unbalanced, focusing more on developing students’ literacy skills than on listening and speaking skills, and more on reading than writing skills. Also, literacy skills education is examination oriented, not communication oriented. Thirdly, Taiwanese students conceptualized literacy skills for international communication in a narrow perspective. Consequently, secondary-level literacy skills education in Taiwan is currently not well connected to international communication.


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  • Melissa H. Yu
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  1. 1.University of MacauTaipaMacau

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