Teaching English as an International Language: An Introduction to the Role of English as an International Language and Its Implications for Language Teaching.

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OUP Oxford, Mar 7, 2002 - Foreign Language Study - 150 pages
This book shows how the current spread of English as a means of communication throughout the world gives rise to many questions that challenge the way we currently teach. Among the questions it addresses are: - Because of its role as an international language, should learning English be considered and treated differently from learning other second languages? - How are changes in English (in grammar, vocabulary, andpronunciation) affected by its role as an international language? How will these changes impact on how well people can understand each other when they use it? - Should speakers of English as an international language aim to imitate native speakers or are there other ways of definingappropriate use? - Should ELT materials still use topics related to native English-speaking cultures? Should the methodology they follow reflect the culture of learning of western countries? If not, what alternative topics and models can be used? The book is organized into five chapters. Chapter 1: 'English as in international language' contains definitions and descriptions of the spread of English as ininternational language. Chapter 2: 'Bilingual users of English' questions the validity of the term 'native speaker' and the usefulness of 'native-speaker models' in the light of the growth in the number of bilingual speakers of English worldwide. It ends with a discussion of the changing role ofbilingual teachers of English. Chapter 3: 'Standards for English as in international language' looks at how we can define standards when the native speaker model is no longer the sole reference point. It includes examples of distinctive features of different varieties of English which have become more generally accepted. Chapter 4: 'Culture and English as in international language' looks at the role of culture inteaching, and especially at its implications for the content of teaching materials. Chapter 5: 'Teaching methods and English as an international language' discusses the challenges that English as an international language poses for the communicative language teaching model that currently predominates in manyteaching situations. Each chapter ends with a further reading list, and there are also a glossary and full bibliography at the end of the book.

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Sandra Lee McKay is Professor of English at San Francisco State University where she teaches courses in sociolinguistics, methods, and materials for graduate students in TESOL.

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