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Chinese pre-service English teachers’ beliefs about English as an International Language (EIL)

Christou, Eleftheria; Thomas, Nathan; McKinley, James; (2022) Chinese pre-service English teachers’ beliefs about English as an International Language (EIL). Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 10.1080/01434632.2022.2148681. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

The global expansion of English has raised a call for English-language teachers around the world to frame English as an international language (EIL). This is especially true in rapidly developing contexts such as China, where teachers are expected to prepare learners to engage effectively in intercultural interactions. As such, the present study sought to investigate pre-service English teachers’ beliefs about EIL and the impact of teacher education on informing these beliefs. Data were gathered from an online EIL perceptions questionnaire delivered to 75 Chinese pre-service English teachers who, at the time, were studying for an MA TESOL degree in the UK. Follow-up, semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight participants. The findings indicate that although the participants generally held positive beliefs about EIL, and the MA program had played a critical role in favorably influencing these beliefs, they were misaligned with the participants’ imagined implementation in their future teaching practices. This misalignment suggests that the transition from theory to practice is often complex and is likely an issue that many teachers in similar situations experience. Thus, suggestions for future research are proposed, aiming to provide educators with both practical guidelines for integrating EIL into their teaching.

Type: Article
Title: Chinese pre-service English teachers’ beliefs about English as an International Language (EIL)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2022.2148681
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2022.2148681
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: English as an international language, world Englishes, global Englishes, theory practice divide, teacher beliefs, native speaker norms
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10159221
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