ERIC Number: EJ1176075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
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Teaching of English as an International Language in Various Contexts: "Nothing Is as Practical as Good Theory"
Dogancay-Aktuna, Seran; Hardman, Joel
RELC Journal: A Journal of Language Teaching and Research, v49 n1 p74-87 Apr 2018
Despite the proliferation of publications on teaching English as an international language (EIL) or a Lingua Franca (ELF), the diffusion of these concepts into the world of English Language Teaching has been slow and incomplete. There is some wariness among educators about the teaching of ELF and EIL, with no consensus regarding appropriate pedagogy. In this article we look at some of the research on the integration of global Englishes into English language classrooms and discuss issues concerning a model of language to guide pedagogy when there are multiple Englishes. We maintain that it is by relying on theoretical understandings of concepts underlying the development and use of global Englishes and basing pedagogical decisions on contextual needs, rather than on prescriptions for practice, that teachers can make realistic decisions about integrating Englishes into their own classroom pedagogy. We refer to a model of teaching English that is based on a vision of situated teacher praxis and show how one component of this model, meta-culture, can be used to teach language-culture connection in the era of global Englishes.
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Variation, Models, Teaching Methods, Language Usage, Cultural Context, Decision Making, Language Teachers, Cultural Awareness, Language Proficiency, Language Attitudes
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