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ERIC Number: EJ923448
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1559-663X
To Teach Standard English or World Englishes? A Balanced Approach to Instruction
Farrell, Thomas S. C.; Martin, Sonia
English Teaching Forum, v47 n2 p2-7 2009
This article suggests that English language teachers should consider all varieties of English, not just British Standard English or American Standard English. In order to better prepare students for the global world, and to show them that their own English is valued, teachers can implement a balanced approach that incorporates the teaching and learning context as well as the learners' values. It also helps to prepare learners for future interactions with speakers of different varieties of English. This article presents guidelines for a balanced approach that can be adapted by all teachers who wish to help their students prepare for real world interactions.
US Department of State. Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs, SA-5, 2200 C Street NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A