Tag Archives: Non-standard English

Teaching by West Bengal’s new book

Inspired by communicative language-teaching methods, a group of teachers in West Bengal are writing a coursebook that they hope will bring English alive in classrooms. The textbook teaches the variety of English spoken locally rather than standard British English and … Continue reading

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Chinese whispers as lingua franca

China’s economic power is changing attitudes to Mandarin in southeast Asia, but while the number of learners is growing, English retains its dominance in the region, for now, reports John Aglionby. This article looks at some of the reasons for … Continue reading

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POINT OF VIEW/ Kumiko Torikai: Japan needs new paradigm of English education

This is an interview with Kumiko Torikai, a Rikkyo University professor and former professional simultaneous translator who teaches English language courses on radio and television. In the interview, she discusses the balance between a focus on grammar and communication in English … Continue reading

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