Tuesday, February 22, 2011

East Asian Englishes

Honna, N. (2006). East Asian Englishes. In Kachru, B. B., Kachru, Y., & Nelsen, C. L. (Eds.) Handbook of World Englishes (pp. 114-129). Wiley-Blackwell.
"The English language situation in East Asia is being strengthened with a dramatic increase in the number of students learning the language in the whole region. While China witness 300 million people toiling at English lessons, Japan has officially activated an English-speaking Japanese development project. Korea and Taiwan are conspicuously committed to strengthening their primary-school English language teaching (ELT) programs. In other parts of Asia where English serves as a language of intranational communication and where ELT spreads and succeeds, national varieties are bound to emerge. Although English is designated as an international (not intranational language in East Asia, indications are that what amounts to a national variety is developing in each country in this region, too. One cause of this phenomenon can be attributed to the communicative approaches adopted in ELT programs region-wide. Those approaches are meant to put more value on mutual understanding than on simple mimicry and rigid pattern practice. Increased exposure to English-using environments is also expected to make learners aware of varieties, thereby helping them to recognize that they can use English effectively without speaking like a native speaker. This chapter presents a brief description of the current English language situation and ELT innovations while referring to some structural and pragmatic features often noticed in English in East Asia."  (p. 114)

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