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ERIC Number: ED413734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 25
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Implementing EIL: The Medium Really Is the Message.
Hassall, Peter
New Zealand Studies in Applied Linguistics, v2 p57-77 1996
Two approaches to teaching English as an International Language (EIL) are outlined, noting their roles in a newly-formed undergraduate major in EIL at International Pacific College (New Zealand). EIL is defined as a form of English used by non-native speakers to communicate with other non-native speakers. "Implicit" EIL refers to a teaching approach and materials that are culturally unbiased and relevant to learners' purposes and needs. In this EIL, particularly suited to first-time learners of English, students are encouraged to use the English medium and emulate models that are consistent with real-life functions of English beyond school. "Explicit" EIL is an area of study that investigates functions, varieties, and models of English used as a means of global communication. This version is especially suited to advanced learners of English as a second language. Specific courses offered in the degree program are described briefly, and support for the program's design incorporating both approaches is drawn from research literature. It is also proposed that study of EIL may be a form of substitute for study of applied linguistics because language items are studied in context and may be more immediately relevant to many students. Contains 46 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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