Preparing teachers to teach English as an International Language

Update: Published!

Preparing Teachers to Teach English as an International Language, the edited collection described below, was published by Multilingual Matters in 2017.

Writing at the Multilingual Matters blog, Aya Matsuda explained that the purpose of the book is

to create an intellectual space where teacher educators in different contexts with shared goals and interests can discover each other and start talking to each other, and where we can get inspirations and ideas that would allow us to make real changes in our own contexts.

The volume consists of 15 chapters, which are organised in five main parts (plus a conclusion) that look into the following thematic areas:

  1. Theoretical frameworks for using EIL
  2. Teacher preparation programmes
  3. Courses dedicated to teaching EIL
  4. EIL-informed courses on other ELT topics
  5. Independent units on teaching EIL

The book can be purchased from Amazon, or directly from the publishers.


Call for papers

An edited volume, tentatively entitled Preparing Teachers to Teach English as an International Language (EIL), is being put together by Aya Matsuda, for publication with Multilingual Matters in Spring 2016. EIL, it is noted, “describes a function that English performs in international, multilingual contexts” in which different varieties are synthesised and communication strategies are used to ensure effective communication. According to the Call for Chapters:

The primary goal of this volume is to showcases existing teacher education program models, courses, units in a course, and pedagogical ideas that are informed by theories and research in English as a Lingua Franca (ELF), World Englishes (WE), and other relevant areas. The descriptions of pedagogical practices from diverse geographical, cultural, and institutional contexts collectively illustrate a range of possible approaches to preparing teachers who can meet the diverse needs of English learners in international contexts today.

Proposals are invited from educators for chapter proposals, which may focus on topics such as the following:

  • A pre-service or in-service teacher education program that is based on/informed by perspectives from EIL, ELF, WE, and/or other relevant fields (DL: 5th January 2015 20 January 2015);
  • A course dedicated to the concept of teaching EIL that is offered within a teacher education program  (DL: 5th January 2015 20 January 2015);
  • A course dedicated to another ELT topic (e.g., assessment, teaching materials, curriculum design) in which the perspective of teaching EIL is integrated throughout (DL: 5th January 2015 20 January 2015);
  • An independent unit on teaching EIL within a course dedicated to another ELT topic (DL: 5th January 2015 20 January 2015);
  • A lesson/activity/assignment that is based on/informed by perspectives from EIL, ELF, WE and/or other relevant fields (DL 15 February 2015).

Details and due dates specific to each topic area can be found by clicking on the links for each possible topic. Authors are welcome to submit multiple proposals within and across across categories. Queries should be addressed to the editor at aya.matsuda[at]asu[dot]edu.


 Hat tip: Susan Dawson, LANTERN @ The University of Manchester

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