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ERIC Number: ED477223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Global English and Language Teaching in the Twenty-First Century. Occasional Paper.
Brumfit, Christopher
This paper examines how attitudes toward teaching English may need to change in the 21st century, noting shifts in the environment within which language teachers and learners operate that relate partly to the English language itself and partly to the political and social contexts within which it is used. The paper considers various positions relevant to different aspects of pedagogy, asserting that there are substantial differences between the role of English now and its role even a few years ago. It suggests that many earlier assumptions are no longer appropriate. The paper outlines the kinds of models that may help promote understanding of the new situation, and it suggests that there is value in seeing English teaching as a worldwide phenomenon in which the philosophies appropriate to particular countries and education systems need to show a systematic relationship to the philosophical principles underlying English teaching in other systems and other parts of the world. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Southampton Univ. (England). Centre for Language Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom