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Education & Language | English as an International Language in Asia: Implications for Language Education

English as an International Language in Asia: Implications for Language Education

Series: Multilingual Education, Vol. 1

Kirkpatrick, Andy, Sussex, Roland (Eds.)

2012, VIII, 244 p.

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  • Provides much-needed research on the role of English in education in East and Southeast Asia
  • Gives insights on education policy changes and consequences of the 2009 ASEAN Charter, making English its sole working language Includes information on the influence of the globalizing and nationalizing movements on local languages

Even as Anglophone power wanes in Asia, and China and India rise, the role of the English language in the region continues to develop. How are students in Asian nations such as Vietnam, Malaysia and China itself being taught English? This much-needed overview analyzes the differing language education policies of selected countries that also include Indonesia, Japan and Sri Lanka. Noting ASEAN’s adoption of English as its sole working language, it traces the influence of globalization on English language education in Asia: in many systems, it pushes local languages off the curriculum and is taught as a second language after the national one.

Informed by a comprehensive review of current research and practice in English teaching in Asia, this volume considers the many different roles English is playing across the region, as well as offering an informed assessment of the prospects of English—and Chinese—being a universal language of communication.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » ASEAN Charter - Asian Englishes - Contrasting language policies - Different language and education polices - English as an international language in Asia - English in multicultural and multilingual Indonesian education - Lingua francas as language ideologies - Switching in international English - World Englishes

Related subjects » Education & Language - Linguistics

Table of contents 

Introduction, Andy Kirkpatrick and Roland Sussex .- World Englishes and Asian Englishes: A Survey of the Field, Kingsley Bolton .- EDUCATION . English as an International Language in Asia: Implications for Language Education, Andy Kirkpatrick . The Complexities of Re-reversal of Language-in-Education Policy in Malaysia, Saran Kaur Gill . English in Multicultural and Multilingual Indonesian Education, Fuad Abdul Hamied . Teaching English as an International Language in Mainland China, Qiufang Wen .- COMMUNICATION AND LINGUA FRANCAS . English as a Medium for Russians to Communicate in Asia, Zoya Proshina . Global vs. Glocal English in Dynamic Asia, Duong Thi Hoang Oanh . Lingua Francas as Language Ideologies, Alastair Pennycook .- LANGUAGES AND CULTURES IN CONTACT . Negotiating Indigenous Values with Anglo-American Cultures in ELT in Japan: A Case of EIL Philosophy in the Expanding Circle, Nobuyuki Hino . Switching in International English, Roland Sussex .-NORMS . English in South Asia – Ambinormative Orientations and the Role of Corpora: The State of the debate in Sri Lanka, Joybrato Mukherjee . Authenticity of English in Asian Popular Music, Andrew Moody . A Postscript and a Prolegmenon, Roland Sussex and Andy Kirkpatrick

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