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Teaching and Assessing EIL in Local Contexts Around the World

1st Edition

By Sandra Lee Mckay, James Dean Brown


180 pages

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English today is a global language embedded in a great variety of social contexts, resulting in linguistic and pedagogical variation. Taking a new look at the teaching and assessing of English as an international language (EIL), this text highlights overarching principles and provides specific strategies for responding to questions and challenges posed by the changing demographics of English language learners and users around the world.

Teaching and Assessment in EIL Classrooms

  • introduces an original, coherent framework in which needs analysis, pedagogical principles, and assessment are integrated
  • describes variables that influence effective teaching and assessment and the characteristics of various EIL teachers and learners
  • emphasizes that pedagogical and assessment decisions need to be based on the learning and teaching needs of each specific EIL context
  • includes specific principles and strategies for teaching and assessing grammar, oral language, and literacy skills in EIL classrooms
  • provides strategies for integrating computer-mediated language into EIL classrooms in ways that promote cross-cultural awareness, language development, and individualized learning

Timely, accessible, and practical, this text for graduate and pre- and in-service courses on language teaching and assessment is at the forefront in providing valuable information and guidance for enabling principled and context-sensitive praxis in EIL classrooms worldwide.

Table of Contents


1. The Social and Educational Context of EIL classrooms

2. EIL Teachers, Learners, and Classroom Interaction

3. Key Aspects of EIL Students’ English Needs

4. Teaching and Assessing Grammar

5. Teaching and Assessing Oracy

6. Teaching and Assessing Literacy

7. Integrating Computer-Mediated Language into EIL Classrooms

EIL Teaching/ Learning Principles


About the Authors

Sandra Lee McKay is Professor Emeritus, San Francisco State University, USA and Affiliate Member, Department of Second Language Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA.

James Dean (JD) Brown is Professor of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language