Chapter 16. Curriculum and world Englishes

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The World Englishes (henceforth WE) paradigm has made possible the recognition of legitimate Outer Circle varieties, with nascent inroads into pedagogy. This has been followed by growing acceptance in the Expanding Circle. Nevertheless there is also resistance, rendering the adoption of a WE approach in the Expanding Circle unresolved. The author outlines the relevance of WE theory to the Inner, Outer and Expanding Circles, and its ramifications for educators and students in those differing contexts, drawing on the work of Kachru, Mufwene, Seidlhofer, and Sridhar. He then looks at how a WE-informed curriculum can be implemented in the Expanding Circle. The chapter also addresses the fundamental teacher-education efforts needed to assure that the theoretical vision of Additive Language Learning is realized in practitioners’ daily implementation.


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