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World Englishes and Choosing Standards in EFL and ESL
Yonsei University, Korea
The speaker will explore the borderlines between Standard Englishes
(such as British, American, Canadian, Australian etc.), the varieties of
English used as Second Languages, and those used as Foreign Languages.
The distinctions between norm-developing varieties (ESL) and norm-dependent
varieties (EFL) will be examined, and important questions will be raised
about problems in deciding what norms to teach. Further problematic aspects
of language variety will be discussed: Do such concepts as 'Konglish',
'Japlish' etc., reflect genuine varieties of English? Are supra-national
generalizations such as 'South Asian English', 'East Asian English' etc.
valid and useful? Finally, implications for the future will be considered.
If the English being learned in norm-dependent
countries becomes a common mode of communication for a whole region,
does that imply that what teachers in those countries at present regard
as errors requiring correction, should instead be considered signs of the
development of autonomous norms?