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ERIC Number: ED479810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Globalization and EFL/ESL Pedagogy in the Arab World.
Zughoul, Muhammad Raji
This paper attempts to define globalization based on the literature highlighting its major facets. By discussing the spread of English and motives for this kind of spread, the paper outlines some of the impacts the language of globalization has had on different societies/cultures and the kind of reactions this language has generated among different cultures. It contends that the spread of English as the language of globalization cannot be fully understood without realization of the hegemonic and imperialistic nature of English. It also shows that English is unilateral in vision and forms a real threat to other languages and cultures. However, it claims that despite the hegemonic and imperialistic nature of English, it is still badly needed in the Arab world for the purposes of communicating with the world, education, acquiring technology, and development at large. To teach English as a language of globalization, it is necessary to change older, more traditional methods of language instruction. It is important to solidify teaching of the native language, empower learners to have more self-confidence through learning English, teach the language as a foreign, rather than second language, and make changes in the curriculum in response to the needs of the learner and society. Shifts of emphasis have to be made in the teaching of language skills, specifically those within reading and writing. (Contains 65 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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