The teaching of English around the world has spread rapidly during the last 25 years. Many countries have implemented linguistic policies to promote the teaching of English in public education and from a very young age. From this world developments, scholars, teachers and researchers think and problematize naturalized and taken for granted discourses about the presence of English in the world. One of these problematized issues is English as an International Language. This course is set out to inquire on what the literature says about this issue and how distant or close it is to other labels like English as a Lingua Franca, or English as a Global Language.
To achieve that purpose, the course brings different voices that have tackled these topics in order to give participants different perspectives and points of analysis. By the end of the course students should have a good grasp of various concepts and be able to position themselves with their own views backed up by their critical appraisal of the literature studied in the course. Participants should be able to give their opinion of the issues involved and see themselves in their own situation as playing a part in the continuing development of this phenomenon and be able to decide how they intend to play out their part within their own context.
Topics for consideration will include language spread, shift and change; trends in the economy; standards for English as an International language; the advent of World Englishes; the relationship between language and culture; imperialism and identity crisis in ELT; the debate between native and non-native English teachers; language subordination; the role of English language teaching in the education of world citizens, the complexities of school practice in relating the conditions necessary for the developing of global minds in a knowledge society; changing ELT policies; challenges and opportunities for language teachers in a globalized world; job satisfaction and economic competitiveness; thinking global, acting local.
The ultimate purpose of understanding and analyzing world trends in the context of English language teaching is to prepare professionals to teach more effectively. At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Consider factors underlying the emergence and development of English as an International Language.
- Explore the teaching implications of the existence of different varieties of English.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of current research literature in the field and a critical stance towards linguistic policies (overt or covert)
- Gain a deeper understanding of the social, political and economic reasons for variation in the contemporary teaching of English
- Acknowledge teachers’ practices, agency, and proactivity in the English language classroom.
- Be able to identify and deconstruct a relevant question for investigation related to the teaching of English as an International Language.