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Englishes in Multilingual Contexts

Language Variation and Education

Series: Multilingual Education, Vol. 10

Mahboob, Ahmar, Barratt, Leslie (Eds.)

2014, X, 238 p. 36 illus.

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  • Maintains a clear focus on the position of English within a multi-lingual context education
  • Broadly discusses issues of language variation in the context of education
  • Includes a range of theoretical positions in the discussion of language variation, multilingualism and education

The English language has always existed alongside other languages. However, the last 200 years have shown a dramatic increase in the range, extent and context of contact between English and other languages. As a result of this contact, we find marked variations in Englishes around the world. Englishes in Multilingual Contexts: Language Variation and Education explores how these variations relate to issues in English language teaching and learning. The first part of this book includes chapters of importance in studying English language variation in the context of education. The second part builds on an understanding of variation and identifies pedagogical possibilities that respect language variation and yet empower English language learners in diverse contexts. Together, the chapters in this volume allow readers to develop a broad understanding around issues of language variation and to recognise pedagogical implications of this work in multilingual contexts.


“This book provides a rich collation of material dealing with the implications of dialect variation for the teaching of the English language, as well as the use of genre-based teaching in the classroom. Many students and teachers who are keen to know about issues that arise with different varieties of English around the world will find the book exceptionally informative, and furthermore the practical advice for developing genre-based teaching will be valued by many trainee and practicing teachers.” David Deterding, University of Brunei, Darussalam, Brunei

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Accent and ethics - Caribbean Creole English - English as a Lingua Franca - English in Cameroon - Forensic linguistics and language teaching - From spoken to written language - Language proficiency - Language variation and language teaching - Learning about forensic linguistics - SFL theory - TESOL - Teaching the expanding universe of Englishes - World Englishes

Related subjects » Education & Language - Linguistics

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