Ke’s book examines and reflects on English education in Taiwan from a global English perspective, starting with a discussion on globalization and global Englishes. English education in Taiwan has gone through various major transformations since the intensification of globalization after the 1990s. On one hand, children start to learn English ever earlier while on the other hand, the curriculum and materials in the vocational schools and at the tertiary level become diversified to meet various specific needs of English use. Internationalization of education has brought increasing numbers of international students, and the roles of English in Taiwan are changing constantly with the dynamic environment, from a foreign language to a lingua franca, medium of instruction, and an international language.
In his book, the author documents the historical development of education and the roles of English in Taiwan before reviewing curriculum reforms and changes in the past half century. He then presents teachers' and students’ perceptions on global Englishes. He proposes global Englishes' pedagogies and his views on what changes can be made to textbooks, learning materials, entrance exams, translation, and the linguistic environment. Practical suggestions to English education in Taiwan in the globalizing context serve as a tentative conclusion for the book.
Offering insights into English education and its relationship with globalization, Ke’s book will be useful to researchers and students in the fields of global Englishes and English education as well as offering practical pedagogical suggestions for English educators around the world.
Table of Contents
1. Globalization and English education in Taiwan: An Introduction 2. Globalization and global English: An Introduction 3. English education in Taiwan 4. Curriculum changes 5. Perceptions and beliefs of teachers and students 6. Teaching global English 7. Future directions of English education in Taiwan
I-Chung Ke is Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Yuan Ze University, Taiwan.