Publication Date

Spring 5-15-2021

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Master of Arts in TESOL)

First Advisor

Dr. Marti Anderson

Abstract

With a vast number of people speaking and learning English all over the world, the English language has shifted from being a national language to an international language and finally into a global language. However, English is often taught in a very exclusive way in which English language learners are often times only introduced and exposed to the language practices of speakers who have historically held the most power and prestige in the English-speaking world. One result of this teaching methodology is that many English learners are being taught language practices that are not reflective of how various English speaking communities are actually using the language. Another result is that non-native English speakers are often viewed as deficient and are not capable of being effective English language teachers. This is not only a practical issue since many English learners are not being properly prepared to be competent global English speakers but also a social justice issue since classroom materials are creating the implication that certain forms of English are legitimate while other forms are not. In this paper I will explore ways to make English learning more authentic and inclusive so that English is taught as the global language that it is.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Methods

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