Changing Englishes is an urgent issue for teachers. This online course is designed to help you meet the challenges it poses and to make the most of the opportunities it offers.
Brief Overview Of The Course
Here’s an overview of the material we’ll cover on the course
and the issues we’ll be asking you to think about.
Who the course is for, what it’s about,
how it works, and how to get credit.
We start the unit by thinking about the traditional ‘language as subject’ perspective on classroom-based learning and contrast this with evidence about the ways in which learners actually construct their own ‘object language’, in their individual brains/minds, on the basis of usage.
This unit invites you to focus on the teaching and testing implications of the plurilithic view of English presented in earlier units. We aim to challenge, to sensitise, to raise awareness and to provoke discussion.
In Unit 5, we make some practical suggestions about how the ideas presented in the course might be shared with your learners and teaching colleagues, and with policy-makers and the general public.
How To Adapt
If you are a teacher trainer, you could consider using Changing Englishes as part of a teacher development programme, or one-off workshop, for teachers in your school, city or region. The course is published under a Creative Commons licence, which means that you are free to use, and adapt, its contents to suit the needs of your trainees.