ERIC Number: EJ769521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
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Language Teachers through the Looking Glass: Expanding Circle Teachers' Discourse
Lovtsevich, Galina N.
World Englishes, v24 n4 p461-469 Nov 2005
When English language teachers from Russia join in professional discourse with their counterparts from other countries, they do so in English, using a professional register which is, to a large extent, determined by language teaching theorists and practitioners in Inner Circle countries. This paper examines some of the issues surrounding communication under these circumstances, including a search for an Inner Circle counterpart for a Russian teacher of English, and a consideration of how teachers from the Inner and Expanding Circle must adjust their use of language when they communicate professionally with each other. Throughout the paper there are examples of language teaching terms which can be problematic in such a situation. The paper ends with recognition of the important role that awareness of these issues (among both Inner Circle and Extended Circles teachers) can play in solving them.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Usage, Language Teachers, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Intercultural Communication, Vocabulary, Consciousness Raising
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Identifiers - Location: Russia