Changing Englishes: An Interactive Course for Teachers
English, like all languages, is constantly changing. But in
these globalizing times, it is changing at a faster pace and in a
greater number of contexts of use than ever before. Non-native users, including
learners and teachers, are the agents of much of this dynamism,
bringing to English the rich influences of their local languages
and cultural contexts. They are also recrafting English to serve as
a lingua franca between users
of different first languages. The idea of English as a
foreign language, belonging to native speakers only, is
rapidly passing. And referring to English in the singular—which has
always misrepresented its diversity—is no longer adequate.
Changing Englishes is an urgent issue for teachers.
This online course is designed to help you meet the challenges it
poses and to make the most of the opportunities it offers.
Who the course is for
This course is for experienced and trainee teachers of English
as an additional language who are open to new ways of thinking
about their profession and are interested in English as it is used
around the world, especially as a lingua franca.
Unlike many resources and discussions in English Language
Teaching, it concentrates on what English teachers teach,
and how it is learnt, rather than on how to they teach
What the course is about
The course invites visitors to ask the following questions:
- What is English?
- How is English used beyond the classroom?
- How is English learnt in the classroom?
- How is English learnt beyond the classroom?
- How can English be taught in the classroom?
What the course is for
This course has two principal objectives:
- to help raise teachers' awareness of the variable and dynamic
nature of global English and to reflect on implications for their
- to engage teachers in the process of developing learning and
teaching strategies which respond to the reality of global English
but which are relevant for their local needs and contexts
The course won't supply you
with many classroom activities or materials. Neither will it tell
you how to teach
English as an International Language or
English as a Lingua Franca. However, there are practical
suggestions for teachers in Units 4 and 5, and on the Resources page. You can also share your
own resources on this site.
How the course works
- The course guides you through a series of conceptual
units and activities. The activities include opportunities to:
- reflect on your own beliefs and levels of awareness, as well as
on new ideas and data that we provide
- try flashcard quizzes as a 'concept check' of your
- collect and analyse your own data
- contribute your own findings and reflections to this
and read about the views of other users of this course
- All activities will give you feedback, some of
it tuned to your specific responses: just click on
the feedback icons which look like the following:
- The activities and feedback
form an integral part of the course, often presenting new ideas
which will be needed subsequently, so we recommend that you don't
- A progress bar tells you how far you
have got and how much further you can go. How much time you spend
on the course is obviously up to you, but we estimate that you
might need about one hour per unit. You may need to make notes
during the activities. If so, try typing them into a Word (or
similar) document as you go along. That way, you will have a record
of your thinking at the end of the course. You will also be able to
copy and paste your ideas directly onto the Discussion Board
- A sidebar gives you access to the
Table of Contents and quick links to other parts of the site
- Technical terms are glossed (just
hover over them); clicking on references takes you to the full
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