Introduction

Kirkpatrick, Andy and Sussex, Roland (2012). Introduction. In Andy Kirkpatrick and Roland Sussex (Ed.), English as an international language in Asia: implications for language education (pp. 1-12) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. doi:10.1007/978-94-007-4578-0_1


Author Kirkpatrick, Andy
Sussex, Roland
Title of chapter Introduction
Title of book English as an international language in Asia: implications for language education
Place of Publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Introduction, foreword, editorial or appendix
DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-4578-0_1
Series Multilingual Education
ISBN 9789400745773
9789400745780
ISSN 2213-3208
Editor Andy Kirkpatrick
Roland Sussex
Volume number 1
Chapter number 1
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Total chapters 14
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
While written English in Asia is still cleaving reasonably closely to the norms of traditional, norm-based “citadel English”, spoken English is expanding, diverging and adapting to local conditions at an increasing rate, as can be seen from named varieties like Singlish (Singapore) and Taglish (Philippines). The roles of English are likewise multiplying, both informally and formally: SEAMEO, for instance, adopted English as its working language. English is the first “foreign” language in Asia, to the point where it can even endanger the health of local national languages. And it is being used more and more as a lingua franca.

The question is therefore what kind of English, or what kinds of English, are appropriate for Asian countries, and how they should be regarded, propagated and taught. The model of English teaching based on the native speaker, which was so long the lynchpin of ELT, EFL and ESL, is now diversifying. And while Asian varieties of English are not yet widely established in education systems in Asia, the reality of English in use is much more varied.

This chapter introduces the twelve chapters of this volume, beginning with an overview chapter by Bolton. The remaining chapters fall into four groups: Education (Kirkpatrick, Gill, Hamied and Wen); Communication, International English and Lingua Franca English (Proshina, Oanh and Pennycook); Languages and cultures in contact (Hino, Sussex); and Norms (Mukherjee, Moody). The volume ends with a “Postscript and a prolegomenon” (Sussex and Kirkpatrick), which explores the factors like communicative skillsets which now confront the future of English language teaching in Asia
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Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes This volume presents the papers from the First Macao International Forum, an initiative of the Macao Polytechnic Institute.

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