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3rd ELF International Symposium

Sapienza University, Rome, October 27-29, 2021

WELCOME to the site of Sapienza 3rd ELF International Symposium

"ELF Emergence: migratory flows, transient groups & communities of practice in educational settings"

Oct. 27-29, 2021, Aula degli organi collegiali, Rector's building and in remote streaming on zoom

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The link to join the symposium will be emailed to you on Monday Oct. 25th. 

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October 27th, h. 15.00: Opening session


Welcome address by the authorities

               Sapienza Pro-Rector, Prof. Giuseppe Ciccarone

               Humanities Faculty Deputy Dean, Prof. Matilde Mastrangelo

               Oriental Studies Dept. Director, Prof. Franco D'Agostino

               Convenor and MC, Prof. Marina Morbiducci




Chair:    Prof. Maria Grazia Guido (University of Salento)

h. 15.30: Prof. Em. Henry Widdowson (University of London / University of Vienna)

                ELF Positioning”                         

 h. 16.00: Q&A                     

 h. 16.15: Prof. Barbara Seidlhofer (University of Vienna)

                “On the scope of ELF research”

 h. 16.45: Q&A

 h.  17.00: Prof. Em. Kurt Kohn (University of Tübingen)

                 "Developing ELF competence and speaker-learners' internal curriculum"

 h. 17.30 Q&A

 h. 17.45: Round up session

 h. 18.15: Musical entertainment with Massimo Giuntoli, composer and performer


October 28th, h. 15.00


Chair: Prof. Marina Morbiducci (Sapienza University)

h. 15.00: Dr. Marie-Luise Pitzl (Austrian Academy of Sciences / University of Vienna)

               "ELF and beyond: Describing emergent practices and Transient International

h. 15.30: Q&A

h. 15.45: Prof. Maria Grazia Guido (University of Salento)

               “Nigerian migrants’ ELF-mediated online interactions at the outset of Covid-19
                pandemic lockdown: developing new economy processes of relexicalization and

h.16.15: Prof. Thomas W. Christiansen (University of Salento)

              “The dynamics of Question/Answer moves in ELF spoken discourse in
               cross-cultural migration domains”

h. 16.45:  Prof. Pietro Luigi Iaia (University of Salento)

               “ELF potential in international subtitling”

h. 17.15:  Prof. Mariarosaria Provenzano (University of Salento)

                “Reformulating and translating the Italian decree-law ‘Rilancio 2020’ into ELF.
                 Redefining competence and empirical perspectives in legal translation”

h. 17.45: Q&A and round up session

h. 18.15: Musical entertainment with Claudia Pintaudi, harp     


October 29, h. 15.00                                        


Chair: Prof. Mary Wardle (Sapienza University)

h. 15.00: Prof. Donna Hurst Tatsuki (Kobe City University of Foreign Studies)

               “Model United Nations as an ELF community of practice: Preliminary insights from
                the MUN corpus of English”

h. 15.30: Q&A

h. 15.45: Prof. Lucilla Lopriore (University of Roma Tre)  with Prof. Alessandra Cannelli (University of Roma Tre) , Dr. Valeria Fiasco (University of Roma Tre) 

              and Dr. Silvia Sperti (University of Roma Tre) 

              “Language teacher education in an ELF aware perspective: challenges
               and responses in emerging communities of practice”

h. 16.45: Q&A

h. 17.00: Panel: All Plenarists of the three sessions

h. 18.15: Musical entertainment with Vincenzo Di Silvestro, violin, and Alessandra Lussi, piano & Farewell