English as an international language: a review of the literature

Inglés como lengua internacional: revisión de la literatura

Authors

  • Raúl Enrique García Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia

Keywords:

English as an International Language, English as a Lingua Franca, English in Colombia, Native-speakerism, Non-native speakers and teachers of English. (en).

Keywords:

Inglés Como lengua internacional, Inglés Como lengua franca, Inglés en Colombia, hablantes não Nativos y profesores de Inglés (es).

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Abstract (en)

This article critically reviews and discusses English as an International Language (EIL) as an alternative to the traditional models of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English as a Second Language (ESL). The author suggests that the model of EIL is an alternative worthdiscussing in the Colombian context. The article is divided into four different sections: a) EIL, ownership of English and native-speakerism, b) attitudes towards EIL, c) EIL described: What does it look like? and d) EIL and English teaching. The review of the literature evidences that there are still many heated debates on the sociocultural aspect of EIL, that one of the greatest challenges of EIL is the attitudes of English teachers and speakers towards the use and legitimization of non-standard varieties, that there is still much to be done in terms of the description of EIL and that adopting an EIL perspective would imply transforming the ways English is taught. The article concludes with an invitation to the ELT community to initiate the discussion of the potential application of EIL in the Colombian context.

Abstract (es)

Este artículo discute la literatura más relevante en el modelo de Inglés como Lengua Internacional (EIL por su sigla en inglés) como una alternativa a los modelos de Inglés como Lengua Extranjera (EFL) e Inglés como Segunda Lengua (ESL). El autor propone que el modelo EIL es una alternativa digna de ser discutida en el contexto colombiano. El texto se divide en cuatro secciones: a) EIL y las nociones de propiedad de la lengua y hablante nativo, b) actitudes hacia el modelo EIL, c) descripciones del modelo EIL, d) EIL y la enseñanza del inglés. La revisión de la literatura evidencia que existe mucha controversia sobre los aspectos socioculturales de EIL, que uno de los más grandes retos del modelo EIL es las actitudes de profesores y hablantes hacia el uso y legitimación de variedades no-estándar de inglés, que hay mucho por hacer en términos de la descripción del modelo EIL y que la adopción de un modelo EIL implicaría transformar las maneras como se enseña el inglés actualmente. Este artículo termina con una invitación a la comunidad ELT en Colombia a iniciar una discusión acera de la posible aplicación del modelo EIL en el contexto local.

Author Biography

Raúl Enrique García, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia

Linguistics, Teacher Education, Critical Discourse Analysis and ITC for Teaching. Raul Enrique Garcia
is an Assistant Profesor at Universidad Industrial de Santander. He has an MA in English Studies from Illinois State University and a BA in English Philology and Teaching from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His research interests include English as an International Language/English as a Lingua Franca, Applied

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García, R. E. (2013). English as an international language: a review of the literature. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 15(1), 113–126. https://doi.org/10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.1.a08

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GARCÍA, R. E. English as an international language: a review of the literature. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, [S. l.], v. 15, n. 1, p. 113–126, 2013. DOI: 10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.1.a08. Disponível em: https://revistas.udistrital.edu.co/index.php/calj/article/view/4254. Acesso em: 27 may. 2022.

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García, Raúl Enrique. 2013. “English as an international language: a review of the literature”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal 15 (1):113-26. https://doi.org/10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.1.a08.

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García, R. E. (2013) “English as an international language: a review of the literature”, Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, 15(1), pp. 113–126. doi: 10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.1.a08.

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García, R. E. “English as an international language: a review of the literature”. Colombian Applied Linguistics Journal, vol. 15, no. 1, Jan. 2013, pp. 113-26, doi:10.14483/udistrital.jour.calj.2013.1.a08.

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García RE. English as an international language: a review of the literature. Colomb. appl. linguist. j [Internet]. 2013Jan.1 [cited 2022May27];15(1):113-26. Available from: https://revistas.udistrital.edu.co/index.php/calj/article/view/4254

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