Teaching English as an International Language: Implementing, Reviewing, and Re-Envisioning World Englishes in Language Education, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Teaching English as an International Language

Implementing, Reviewing, and Re-Envisioning World Englishes in Language Education, 1st Edition

By Roby Marlina


286 pages | 46 B/W Illus.

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How do teachers inspire students to learn to appreciate different Englishes? Has anyone tried to teach world Englishes? If so, what do they do and how do they feel about it? Most importantly, do students see the benefits in learning about world Englishes? This book responds to these questions by 1) offering a clear and solid foundation for the development of English as an International Language (EIL)-oriented curricula in an English Language program and a teacher education program, 2) critically reviewing the current pedagogical principles and practices of teaching EIL, and 3) offering an alternative way of conceptualising and teaching EIL. Using a three-year undergraduate program of EIL in an Australian university as a research site, this book provides a detailed account of actual classroom practices that raise students’ awareness of world Englishes and engage them in learning how to communicate interculturally. This book is the first of its kind that explores the teaching of EIL in a country where English is a predominant and national language.


'This book explores the implementation of proposals for teaching English as an international language into language curricula and classroom practices. As such, it helps bridge the theory-practice divide in World Englishes by shedding light on the challenges faced by teachers of EIL, and by exploring students responses to curriculum innovations that aim to prepare them to use English in a globalized world.'Dr. Heath Rose, University of Oxford

'This book offers a fascinating and unique insider perspective on the nature of EIL, what it means to be a speaker and teacher of EIL and how an EIL curriculum can serve to challenge students to rethink their identities as speakers of EIL as well as empower them as users of English. Rich in both the theory and practice of teaching EIL in a university setting, it will be an invaluable resource for curriculum planners, teachers and teachers in training.' — Jack C. Richards, Honorary Professor, University of Sydney; University of Auckland

Table of Contents

1 The need to teach EIL

2 Teaching EIL: calls to implement change

3 Studying teaching EIL

4 The journey to implement change: an autobiographical narrative

5 EIL teachers implementing change

6 Reviewing change: from teachers’ perspectives

7 EIL students’ responses to change

8 Reviewing change: from students’ perspectives

9 Re-envisioning a program of ongoing inquiry

About the Author

Roby Marlina holds a doctorate in Language Teacher Education (Monash University, Melbourne, Australia) and is a Language Specialist (Teacher- Educator) with the Training, Research, Assessment and Consultancy Department at the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), Regional Language Centre (RELC), Singapore. Prior to joining SEAMEO- RELC, Roby was a lecturer in the EIL program at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. His publications have appeared in international journals including International Journal of Educational Research, Multilingual Education, and Asian EFL Journal , and he has contributed chapters in several books edited by key EIL/World Englishes scholars. He is one of the main editors of the book, The Pedagogy of English as an International Language: Perspectives from Scholars, Teachers, and Students (Springer International Publishing).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in World Englishes

Being one of the fastest developing areas of linguistic research, World Englishes has received increasing attention in the research scholarship. There have been published monographs and books series which focus on various aspects of the spread of English across the world. However, given the burgeoning development in the field and growing demand from researchers and educators for relevant resources, there is a need to update some of the existing research and, more importantly, there is an exigency to extend the research scholarship to areas that have not hitherto received due attention. These are also the research gaps this proposed book series hopes to fill, in particular, the need for rigorous features-based and empirically-driven studies on World Englishes.

This Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics book series will provide a starting point for those who wish to know more about the aspects of the spread of English in the current globalized world. Each volume can cover the following aspects of the study of World Englishes: issues and theoretical paradigms, feature-based studies (i.e. phonetics and phonology, syntax, lexis) and language in use (e.g. education, media, the law and other related disciplines). It will contain a comprehensive bibliography of works published on the particular areas at the end of the book.

The aims of the series are

  • To add to and, if possible, break new ground on the existing research on World Englishes;
  • To explore some new varieties of Englishes that have not been previously documented;
  • To provide rigorous features-based studies on varieties of World Englishes;
  • To investigate the issues and theoretical paradigms surrounding the sociolinguistic aspects of the study of World Englishes;
  • To provide an up-to-date documentation of language in use, in education, and language policy issues in World Englishes.

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