[T]he task of implementing teaching based on E[nglish] as an I[nternational] L[anguage] would […] involve turning around the oil tanker of vested interests in international examinations, in textbook publishing, in teacher training provision, in quality-control bodies and so on. (p. 5)
But radical change does happen, and teachers around the world are becoming increasingly interested in ideas about World Englishes, EIL and ELF. It is time to meet the challenges and opportunities of the changing nature of English by changing the way people think about English.
In this unit, we’ll ask you to consider how you as a teacher might try to raise consciousness of the issues discussed here with four groups of stakeholders:
● the learners you teach
● your teaching colleagues
● local policy-makers (including educational authorities and politicians)
● ‘members of the general public’ (including parents, bloggers, media commentators and others)