Principles and Practices for Teaching English as an International Language

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What general principles should inform a socioculturally sensitive pedagogy for teaching English as an International Language and what practices would be consistent with these principles?

This text explores the pedagogical implications of the continuing spread of English and its role as an international language, highlighting the importance of socially sensitive pedagogy in contexts outside inner circle English-speaking countries. It provides comprehensive coverage of topics traditionally included in second language methodology courses (such as the teaching of oral skills and grammar), as well as newer fields (such as corpora in language teaching and multimodality); features balanced treatment of theory and practice; and encourages teachers to apply the pedagogical practices to their own classrooms and to reflect on the effects of such practices. Designed for pre-service and in-service teachers of English around the world, Principles and Practices for Teaching English as an International Language fills a critical need in the field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415891677
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/22/2012
  • Series: ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lubna Alsagoff is Associate Professor and Head of English Language and Literature at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Sandra Lee McKay is Professor Emeritus of English at San Francisco State University.

Guangwei Hu is Associate Professor in the English Language and Literature department of the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Willy A. Renandya is Senior Lecturer at the English Language and Literature department of the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Table of Contents



1. Another Book about EIL? Heralding the Need for New Ways of Thinking, Doing, and Being
Lubna Alsagoff


2. Individual Identity, Cultural Globalization, and Teaching English as an International Language: The Case for an Epistemic Break
B. Kumaravadivelu

3. Principles of Teaching English as an International Language
Sandra Lee McKay

4. Language Teaching and Learning in the Postlinguistic Condition?
Mark Evan Nelson & Richard Kern

5. The Use of Digital Media in Teaching English as an International Language
Paige Ware, Meei-Ling Liaw & Mark Warschauer

6. Linking EIL and Literacy: Theory and Practice
Constant Leung & Brian V Street

7. Identity and the EIL Learner
Lubna Alsagoff

8. Assessing English as an International Language
Guangwei Hu


9. EIL Curriculum Development
James Dean Brown

10. Teaching Materials in EIL
Aya Matsuda

11. Teaching Oral Skills in English as a Lingua Franca
Juliane House

12. Lexical Innovation in English as an International Language: Implications for English Teaching
Wendy D. Bokhorst-Heng

13. Corpora in Language Teaching from the Perspective of English as an International Language
John Flowerdew

14. Grammar Teaching and Standards
Anthea Fraser Gupta

15. Principles and Practices for Teaching English as an International Language: Teaching Critical Reading
Catherine Wallace

16. Controversy and Change in How We View L2 Writing in International Contexts
Christine Pearson Casanave

17. Literature in Language Teaching
Alan Maley

18. Language Learning Strategies: An EIL Perspective
Yongqi Gu


19. English as an International Language: A Time for Change
Sandra Lee McKay

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