ERIC Number: ED233600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
English in Europe: The German Variety and Its Cultural Context.
Berns, Margie S.
The manner in which English is being nativized in Europe is examined by focusing on German English. The recent historical development of the nativization of English in Germany and the attitudes that foster this practice are described. Among the topics addressed are: (1) the effects of the expansion of English use on the German language itself, (2) the process of nativization, (3) who uses English and for what purposes, (4) the teaching of English in West Germany, (5) communicative competence, and (6) attitudes toward German English. It is noted that there is a need for research into four issues: the suitability of a single model of language, whether a modern language program should be designed as an English as a foreign language or English as a second language program, the mutal intelligibility of non-native varieties of English, and the role of professional teaching organizations. (RW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: West Germany
Note: Revised version of paper presented at the Annual Conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (17th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 16-17, 1983).