3:00 - 3:50 PM
English For International Communication. What Can We Do?
Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Japan
Recently, there has been much emphasis on the international role of
English, but what does that mean, and how does it affect us as teachers
of English? Writers like Kachru and Crystal have pointed out that the number
of non-native' users of English is growing rapidly and that an ever-increasing
amount of interaction in English takes place between 'non- native' speakers.
Current English teaching, however, still seems to be directed overwhelmingly
towards native speaker/non-native speaker communication. What can teachers
do to address this issue and help students to learn more appropriately
and effectively? This presentation suggests practical ways in which teachers
can prepare learners to deal with a wider range of real-world uses of English.
This includes such areas as: changing the focus of class content and language;
improving students' learning, communication and intercultural skills; and
increasing learners' exposure to a wider range of English.