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English as an International Language Perspectives and Pedagogical Issues Edited by: Farzad Sharifian

Paperback - 304 pages
08 Jan 2009
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148 (A5)


Collectively, the chapters in this volume make a significant contribution to the emerging paradigm of English as an International Language (EIL) by exploring various aspects of the English language and its pedagogy in the context of the globalization of this language. The volume shows a great deal of promise in terms of expanding the paradigm and also establishing new grounds for thinking, research, and practice.


This praiseworthy and useful volume is highly commendable not only for linguists but also for English language practitioners. It provides a step forward in this new and vibrant field of research.
Carmen Luján García, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, English World-Wide

The volume English as an International Language presents an inspired inquiry into the multifaceted role of Englishes for global communication. It builds on and goes beyond the existing knowledge on a wide range of topics related to the use, attitudes, pedagogy, and conceptualization of Englishes in the world. The strength of the book lies in the insightful discussions from multiple vantage points and unique critical perspectives.
Ryuko Kubota, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

This carefully selected volume of essays makes a valuable contribution to the study of the contemporary sociolinguistics of English and English
teaching across cultures. It brings together multiple theoretical and methodological approaches underscoring the richness of its subject. In
doing so, it offers an overview of some of the competing paradigms that guide research on English in multilingual settings, suggesting
theoretical continuities in and methodological challenges to the field. The collection provides insight into teaching practitioners’ pedagogical
engagement by illustrating their search for equity in the workplace, their linguistic self-representation in the field and classroom, and the
preparation they gain in EIL in higher education institutions. The book provides much evidence of the interdisciplinarity of EIL research,
particularly how various disciplines can offer new ways of understanding major processes within it such as English indigenization, cross-cultural
communication, and language use.
The volume is a very valuable resource for researchers and students in English studies, second language acquisition, and English language
Janina Brutt-Griffler, The State University of New York, Buffalo

Author Biography:

Farzad Sharifian is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Language and Society Centre within the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, Australia. He is also the Convenor of the academic program of English as an International Language at Monash University. He has a wide range of research interests including cultural linguistics, pragmatics, English as an International Language, World Englishes, language and politics, and intercultural communication. He is the editor (with Gary B. Palmer) of Applied Cultural Linguistics (2007, John Benjamins) and the editor (with René Dirven, Ning Yu and Susanne Niemeier) of Culture, Body and Language (2008, Mouton de Gruyter). He has published numerous articles in many international journals.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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