EIL 2011 Lecture

English as an International Language: An Overview of the Paradigm

Presenter: Professor Farzad Sharifian
Director: Language and Society Centre
Convenor: English as an International Language

Commentary: Professor Andy Kirkpatrick
Head: School of Languages and Linguistics, Griffith University

In this lecture, Professor Sharifian presents an overview of the paradigm of English as an International Language (EIL). Starting with a brief historical account of the development of the paradigm and a demographic account of the spread and the use of the English language around the globe, he elaborates on the themes that have emerged as the key topics within the field. These include renationalization of English, use of English as a lingua franca, politics of EIL, identity and EIL, attitude towards EIL, ownership of English, teaching EIL, proficiency in EIL, and native-speakerism. At the end of the lecture, Professor Kirkpatrick will present a commentary on the EIL Lecture.

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