FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ENGLISH AS A LINGUA FRANCAWhat is a lingua franca? A lingua franca is a common language spoken between people who do not share the same first language. Why is English a global lingua franca? There are several contributing factors to why English is the world's lingua franca. - British colonialism and imperialism spread English around the world from the 16th to 20th century. - America's prominence as a political and economical superpower. - The internet. - Increasing globalisation. Where is English as a lingua franca used? English as a lingua franca (ELF) is used all around the world. The use of ELF is particularly prominent in former British colonies, such as India and Nigeria. Is English the lingua franca of the world?