International English in Its Sociolinguistic Contexts
Towards a Socially Sensitive EIL Pedagogy
Published June 6th 2008 by Routledge – 214 pages
Present-day globalization, migration, and the spread of English have resulted in a great diversity of social and educational contexts in which English learning is taking place. A basic assumption of this book is that because English is an international language, effective pedagogical decisions cannot be made without giving special attention to the many varied contexts in which English is taught and learned. Its unique value is the combination of three strands – globalization, sociolinguistics, and English as an international language – in one focused volume specifically designed for language teachers, providing explicit links between sociolinguistic concepts and language pedagogy.
International English in Its Sociolinguistic Contexts:
Directed to a wide TESOL and applied linguistics professional readership, this text will be particularly useful and effective for pre-service and in-service professional development in TESOL for K-12 and higher education levels.
"…this book provides a valuable resource on the current sociolinguistic contexts in which English is learned as an international language…This text is particularly useful and effective for pre-service and in-service professional development in the TESOL field."--Education Review
"Although this book is directed to "teachers of English whose students will be using English for international purposes" (p. xi), it may appeal to a much wider audience. In addition to TESOL professionals, sociolinguists and applied linguists may find many of the issues raised in this book pertinent…this book can be used in professional development as a valuable resource on EIL for pre-service and in-service teachers of English worldwide."--TESL-EJ
"This book meticulously tackles many complex issues in the influence of social context on English learning and use. Particularly, the work provides a rich portrait of English language teaching and use in different contexts…The work is highly recommended for language policy makers, language researchers and language educators because it facilitates how we consider a better policy, research design, and teaching methodology."--Education Review
"The book is a welcome addition for the applied linguistics community as well as for the comparative education community, not only because of its readability but also because of its relevance to current trends in language-in-education policy and planning in an age of globalization."--Comparative Education Review
"…addresses a timely and attention-getting topic with expertise and perspective. There is both engagement with theoretical issues and an exploration of specific cases from all continents of the globe….. This book is a clear choice for courses in the TESOL master’s program at my institution, which prepares both U.S. and international TESOL teachers. A particular virtue is the clarity of the writing style for non-native English speaking readers."--Nancy Hornberger, University of Pennsylvania
"…a substantive, well-organized, and authoritative volume…. Its appearance is timely indeed, as researchers, employers, school boards and ministries of education around the world are grappling with the implications of English as a global language."--David Nunan, University of Hong Kong
"The links to language planning, policy, and pedagogy make this a very valuable book that will be of great interest to many people involved in ELT around the world."--Christina Higgins, University of Hawaii at Manoa
@contents: Selected Contents
Table of Contents
Chapter One: English in an Era of Globalization
Chapter Two: Social Contexts for EIL Learning
Chapter Three: Multilingual Societies
Chapter Four: Language Planning and Policy
Chapter Five: Linguistic Variation and Standards
Chapter Six: Interactional Sociolinguistics
Chapter Seven: Towards a Socially Sensitive EIL Pedagogy
Sandra Lee McKay is Professor of English at San Francisco State University, United States.
Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng is Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Center for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, Singapore.