ERIC Number: ED395459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Linguistic and Cultural Considerations of Writing ELT Texts for Use in Asia.
This paper describes the process of developing the Australian English Language Course (AELC) by the Defence International Training Centre in Australia. The 400-hour, intermediate-level course is an English language teaching course to be used by non-English speaking background (NESB) teachers of English at language centers in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Throughout the Asian region, NESB teachers of English struggle with state-of-the-art communicative materials designed by native speakers for a principally native speaker teacher audience. The materials and methodology of English Language Teaching (ELT) usually overlook the fact that the language proficiency of the teacher using the materials may be less than native-like. English text materials often discuss content that is foreign and not effective for teachers and students. AELC remedied this problem by extensive training and consultation with the teachers who would use the course, thus making it more relevant to Asian educational settings and cultures. The first draft of the new course was tested out in August 1994; revisions were gathered from a post-trial teacher workshop. To develop English-as-a-Foreign-Language texts that are effective and meaningful teaching aids in Asian environments, it is vital that the Anglocentric models be abandoned in favor of the actual context in which the language will be learnt and used. (Contains 30 references.) (Author/NAV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Asia (Southeast); Defence International Training Centre (Australia)
Note: In: Crooks, Tony, Ed., ESP in Southeast Asia; see FL 023 776.