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The world has become increasingly globalised and, with English at its vanguard, globalisation has provided many new opportunities as well as challenges for the English language teaching profession in recent years. Among these are the emergence of several new Englishes, particularly in the Asia-Pacific context, and the implications for learners and teachers as well as course material designers, curriculum developers, and policy makers in the region and beyond. The current status, roles, functions and manifestations of the English language in these diverse settings have thus assumed great academic significance and warranted much professional attention and interest. Therefore, Asian Englishes: Changing Perspectives in a Globalised World seeks to explore issues pertaining generally to the problems and possibilities concerning the teaching, learning and use of English in a globalised world.
Edited by scholars in the field of global/world Englishes, this is a collection of articles that covers a wide range of research interests from linguistic features, cultural, ethical, political, and identity issues, to pedagogical implications and applications, all within a highly coherent overall framework.
Part I deals with Varieties of Asian Englishes, and comprises five papers that focus on the distinctive linguistic features of different varieties of English including the English of Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and China.
The four papers in Part II focus on issues relating to Language, Culture and Identity, both at the micro- and macro-levels.
The next four papers in Part III, relating specifically to Description and Application, focus on the need to equip students in the effective use of English for meaningful communication in both everyday situations as well as in meeting the specific demands and rigours of academic and professional communication.
The final three papers in Part IV reflect on the theme of Innovation and Pedagogy.
This volume documents a sampling of the dynamic nature of Englishes in a variety of Asian contexts and domains of language use. The aim is to re-invigorate thinking on the spread and use of English in Asia from a range of perspectives.
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Lubna Alsagoff, PhD, is Associate Professor and Head of the English Language and Literature Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her academic research interests include the study of sociocultural hybridity and linguistic variation, the teaching of English grammar, and the impact of globalisation in English Language teaching and teacher identity. She has published her research in a number of books, book chapters and journal papers on these subjects. She teaches pedagogical grammar and general linguistics, and plays an active role in English Language policy and curriculum planning at Singapore s Ministry of Education.
, PhD, is Associate Professor in the English Language and Literature Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interests include World Englishes, language planning and policy, globalisation and hybridity, teacher education and the management of educational innovation. Her articles and reviews appear in World Englishes, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, TESOL Quarterly, Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching, ELT Journal, ESP Journal, System and RELC Journal. She is co editor of the books, English in the World: Global Rules, Global Roles (Continuum, 2006), and Language as Commodity: Global Structures and Local Marketplaces (Continuum, 2008).
Lawrence Jun Zhang
, PhD, is Associate Professor in the English Language & Literature Academic Group of NIE-NTU, Singapore. His teaching/research interests lie in World Englishes, NNEST identities in new English contexts, and ESL/EFL learner metacognition. He is an editorial board member of Metacognition and Learning and TESOL Quarterly, having published research and reviews in Applied Linguistics, Applied Linguistics Review, Asian Englishes, British Journal of Educational Psychology, English Today, Journal of Second Language Writing, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Language Awareness, Language and Education, Instructional Science, and System. He was the recipient of The TESOL Award for Distinguished Research for his article published in TESOL Quarterly, Vol. 44 (2010).
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