The Korean Association for the Study of English Language and Linguistics
[ Article ]
Korea Journal of English Language and Linguistics - Vol. 17, No. 4, pp.681-699
ISSN: 1598-1398 (Print)
Print publication date 31 Dec 2017
Received Oct 2017 Revised Nov 2017 Accepted Dec 2017
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15738/kjell.17.4.201712.681

Applying the ‘WE Enterprise’ to Expanding Circle ELT

JamesD’Angelo
Chukyo University dangelo@lets.chukyo-u.ac.jp

Abstract

D’Angelo, J. (2017). Applying the ‘WE Enterprise’ to expanding circle ELT.Korean Journal of English Language and Linguistics 17-4, 681-699. This paper outlines the major accomplishments of the pluricentric paradigms of world Englishes, EIL, and ELF, and their relevance to new, less-nativist critical approaches to English language pedagogy. More specifically, the paper recommends that for universities in the Kachruvian ‘Expanding Circle’— contexts which were never colonized by Britain or the United States — to compete in the field of global higher education, we must develop an approach to English teaching which goes beyond a traditional 4-skills mentality. We must begin to implement English as a medium of instruction (EMI) programs at our local institutions, in order to provide a platform for our students to interact with those from all over the world. This is not possible for all proficiency level of students. Hence, the paper recommends creating separate ‘normal’ and ‘honors’ tracks. Yet in both cases, the curriculum should be informed by important insights from the ‘WE Enterprise’.

Keywords:

WE Enterprise, EIL, ELF, pluricentric paradigms, World Englishes

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