IJCH 2016 Vol.2(1): 9-14 ISSN: 2382-6177
doi: 10.18178/ijch.2016.2.1.029

“No Need-Lah, Uncle”: Teachers’ Perspective on English(es) Communication and Pedagogy

Christine Manara
Abstract—This presentation reports English teachers attitudes and opinion based on their encounters and interactions with varieties of English and how these experiences informed their new understanding of English communication and its implication to the field of English Language Teaching (ELT). Adopting the qualitative research framework, thirteen English language educators of Indonesian nationalities participated in in-depth interviews with the researcher. The findings from the teachers accounts illuminates a move away from the traditional English Language Teaching paradigm (a purist perspective on language, culture, and identity) to embracing the diversity of Englishes in the world and its various local significance as well as shifting our focus to the teaching of English for intercultural communication (a dynamic perspective of the teaching of language). The implication of the findings is suggesting the teaching of intercultural (communicative) competence in ELT classroom.

Index Terms—English language teaching (ELT), Englishes, globalization, intercultural communication.

Christine Manara is with the MA TESOL Department, International College, Payap University, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand (e-mail: manara.christine@gmail.com).

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Cite: Christine Manara, "“No Need-Lah, Uncle”: Teachers’ Perspective on English(es) Communication and Pedagogy," International Journal of Culture and History vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 9-14, 2016.

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