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Applied Linguistics Today: Research and Perspectives - Angewandte Linguistik heute: Forschung und Perspektiven

Proceedings from the CALS conference 2011 - Beiträge von der KGAL-Konferenz 2011

Leonard Pon, Vladimir Karabalic and Sanja Cimer

The volume contains 15 papers by linguists from seven different European countries. The papers offer insights into the research results of a number of recent studies conducted in the field of applied linguistics covering topics such as specialized communication, foreign language teaching, terminology problems and the like.
Dieser Band enthält 15 Beiträge von 24 Sprachwissenschaftlern aus sieben europäischen Ländern. In den Beiträgen werden die neueren Forschungsergebnisse auf dem Gebiet der Angewandten Linguistik veröffentlicht, in denen es unter anderem um die Themen Fachkommunikation, Fremdsprachenlernen und Terminologiefragen geht.

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Irena Vodopija-Krstanović: The Challenges of Teaching English as an International Language

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Original scientific paper The Challenges of Teaching English as an International Language Irena Vodopija-Krstanović Abstract This paper is based on qualitative interviews with student-teachers in an MA in TEFL pro- gram. The aim of the study is to explore a) how the notion of English as an International Lan- guage is conceptualized by the student-teachers, and b) what implications EIL has on class- room practice. With the spread of English, EIL has become a new paradigm for research and practice, which has sparked much debate about the ‘monocultural/monolingual’ native Eng- lish speaker ideal in ELT. Today, the English language is taught primarily by non-native speakers to non-native speakers; however, it seems that EIL has had little implication on ELT in Europe. In line with this view, findings in this study suggest that there is a wide gap be- tween EIL at the theoretical level and its implications in classroom practice. It will be argued that, at present, EIL does not seem to be a viable paradigm for ELT. Key words: EIL; native speaker; non-native speaker; English language teaching. 1. Introduction Today, English is probably the most widely spoken and taught language across the world. The new realities in which English is taught and used have fostered linguistic and ideological inquiry into English in the international domain (Jen- kins 2007, Kirkpatrick 2007, McKay and Bokhorst-Heng 2008, Seidlhofer 2000) as well as into its pedagogical implications (Canagarajah 1999, Holliday 2005, McKay 2002, Modiano 2009). The overarching spread of English as an International...

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