English as an International Language (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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EIL 2011 Lecture – Professor Farzad Sharifian

About the presenters:

Professor Farzad Sharifian is the founder of the academic program of English as an International Language at Monash University, Melbourne. He is currently the Director of Language and Society Center and the Head of the English as an International Language Section (Department). Professor Sharifian is a pioneer of Cultural Linguistics. His research interests span a wide range of areas and disciplines including cognitive linguistics, English as an International Language, intercultural communication, World Englishes, pragmatics, and political discourse analysis. He has published widely in many international journals and has received multiple awards for his research, including the Edith Cowan University Research Medal. He is the author of Cultural conceptualisations and language (John Benjamins, 2011) and the editor of English as an International Language: Perspectives and Pedagogical Issues(Multilingual Matters, UK, 2009). He was also the guest editor (with Late Professor Michael Clyne) of a special issue of the journal of Australian Review of Applied Linguistics on the topic of English as an International Language, Vol 31, No 3 (2008).

Professor Andy Kirkpatrick is Head of the School of Languages and Linguistics at Griffith University. Immediately prior to his Griffith appointment, he was Director of the Research Centre for Language Education and Acquisition in Multilingual Societies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and, prior to that, was Professor of Language Education at Curtin from 1996-2006. He has also taught in tertiary institutions in China, England, Myanmar and Singapore. He has a PhD in Chinese Rhetoric from the Australian National University and has published widely in the field.  He is editor in chief of the new journal Multilingual Education and of the book series of the same name, both with Springer. He is the author of World Englishes: Implications for International Communication and ELT (Cambridge UP 2007) and English in ASEAN: A Multilingual Model (Hong Kong UP 2010). He is editor of the Routledge Handbook of World Englishes (2010). His most recent book, co-authored with Xu Zhichang, is Chinese Rhetoric and Writing: An Introduction for Language Teachers which is due for publication in 2011.