Mid-Atlantic English in the EFL Context

Mid-Atlantic English in the EFL Context

Author: Andy Mering

Publisher: Tectum Wissenschaftsverlag

ISBN: 9783828878303

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 394

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Durch die Vormachtstellung des Amerikanischen (AmE) sprechen Lernende und Lehrende des Englischen aber auch englische Muttersprachlicher zunehmend eine hybride Varietät des Englischen, das «Mid-Atlantic-English». Das Buch befasst sich mit diesem Konzept und hat drei Teile. Der theoretische Teil beschreibt die soziolinguistische und didaktische Rolle der beiden Hauptvarietäten, der empirische enthält die Fragebogenerhebung. Sie untersucht die Sprachverwendung der Probanden und ihre Einstellungen zu den Varietäten. Der didaktische Teil fokussiert die Förderung des Englischen als plurizentrische Sprache. Das Buch zeigt, dass sich ein Paradigmenwechsel in Richtung des AmE vollzieht und der Fremdsprachenunterricht neu überdacht werden sollte.

Standardization

Standardization

Author: Andrew R. Linn

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027283672

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 258

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This volume presents fourteen case studies of standardization processes in eleven different Germanic languages. Together, the contributions confront problematic issues in standardization which will be of interest to sociolinguists, as well as to historical linguists from all language disciplines. The papers cover a historical range from the Middle Ages to the present and a geographical range from South Africa to Iceland, but all fall into one of the following categories: 1) shaping and diffusing a standard language; 2) the relationship between standard and identity; 3) non-standardization, de-standardization and re-standardization.

English Language Teaching

English Language Teaching

Author: Lee McCallum

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811921520

Category: Electronic books

Page: 356

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This book provides an overview of current trends and practices in English Language Teaching (ELT) across the European Union. It offers insights into key ELT issues which are at the forefront of twenty-first-century classrooms. It discusses theoretical and empirical work based on topics such as linguistic imperialism, English as a Medium of Instruction, contrastive language analysis, and the interplay between English and the use of countries respective native languages. It also explores the challenges of English Language Teaching under different circumstances such as, while using different technological platforms, working with different learner groups (those with Special Educational Needs) and revising traditional practices in grammar and vocabulary teaching. Throughout the book, the link between policy, theory and practice is explicitly highlighted and exemplified. The book is of interest to ELT instructors, course designers, language teachers and teacher trainers, and students enrolled in pre-service English training courses.

Non-Native Language Teachers

Non-Native Language Teachers

Author: Enric Llurda

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387245652

Category: Education

Page: 315

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As non-natives are increasingly found teaching languages, particularly English, both in ESL and EFL contexts, the identification of their specific contributions and their main strengths has become more relevant than ever. This volume provides different approaches to the study of non-native teachers: NNS teachers as seen by students, teachers, graduate supervisors, and by themselves. It contributes seldom-explored perspectives, like classroom discourse analysis, and social-psychological framework to discuss conceptions of NNS teachers.

The Social Psychology of English as a Global Language

The Social Psychology of English as a Global Language

Author: Robert M. McKenzie

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789048185665

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 212

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This ground-breaking work is a detailed account of an innovative and in-depth study of the attitudes of in excess of 500 Japanese learners towards a number of standard and non-standard as well as native and non-native varieties of English speech. The research conducted refines the investigation of learner attitudes by employing a range of pioneering techniques of attitude measurement. These methods are largely incorporated from the strong traditions that exist in the fields of social psychology and second language acquisition and utilize both direct and indirect techniques of attitude measurement. The author locates the findings in the context of the wealth of literature on native speaker evaluations of languages and language varieties. The study is unique in that the results provide clear evidence of both attitude change and high levels of linguistic awareness among the informants of social and geographical diversity within the English language. These findings are analyzed in detail in relation to the global spread of English as well as in terms of the pedagogical implications for the choice of linguistic model employed in English language classrooms both inside and outside Japan. The issues examined are of particular interest to educators, researchers and students in the fields of applied linguistics, TESOL, second language acquisition, social psychology of language and sociolinguistics. The pedagogical and language policy implications of the findings obtained make essential reading for those with a specific focus on the role of the English language and English language teaching, both in Japan and beyond.

Understanding the Professional Agency of Female Language Teachers in a Chinese University

Understanding the Professional Agency of Female Language Teachers in a Chinese University

Author: Xiaolei Ruan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000523676

Category: Education

Page: 272

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Centering on a qualitative study of three female English teachers in Shanghai, China, the book explores female language teachers' perceived discrepancies and agency exercised in their teaching, research and teacher learning practices. By adopting multiple research methods, such as narrative questionnaire, metaphor, timeline, interview and classroom observation, this study reveals that female language teachers’ agency is a dynamic entity manifested in the ongoing negotiation of agency belief, agency practice, and agency inclination, as well as the interaction of individual and the environment. Though there are certain limitations concerning representativeness and generalizability, the author provides a thick description of how female language teachers in China are exercising agency to fulfill their career development, which offers insightful suggestions to language education in both China and broader areas globally. The book will appeal to researchers studying teacher education and foreign (English) language teaching, university teachers, especially female foreign language teachers, PhD students and graduate students, as well as career women.

English as a Lingua Franca: Attitude and Identity

English as a Lingua Franca: Attitude and Identity

Author: Jennifer Jenkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: UCSC:32106019496436

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 284

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From the perspective of the speakers themselves, this is the first book to explore attitudes towards ELF in general and ELF accents in particular, their effects on ELF speakers' identities, and ways in which the problems can be addressed in teacher education, English language testing, and ELTmaterials.

Standards and Norms in the English Language

Standards and Norms in the English Language

Author: Miriam A. Locher

Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

ISBN: STANFORD:36105122571503

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 412

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The theme of this collection is a discussion of the notions of 'norms' and 'standards', which are studied from various different angles, but always in relation to the English language. These terms are to be understood in a very wide sense, allowing discussions of topics such as the norms we orient to in social interaction, the benchmark employed in teaching, or the development of English dialects and varieties over time and space and their relation to the standard language. The collection is organized into three parts, each of which covers an important research field for the study of norms and standards. Part 1 is entitled "English over time and space" and is further divided into three thematic subgroups: standard and non-standard features in English varieties and dialects; research on English standardization processes; and issues of standards and norms in oral production. Part 2 deals with "English usage in non-native contexts," and Part 3 is dedicated to "Issues on politeness and impoliteness." The notions of standards and norms are equally important concepts for historical linguists, sociolinguists with a variationist background, applied linguists, pragmaticians, and discourse analysts.