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Developing a capacity to make "English for Everyone" worthwhile: Reconsidering outcomes and how to start achieving them

Wedell, M. (2008) Developing a capacity to make "English for Everyone" worthwhile: Reconsidering outcomes and how to start achieving them. International Journal of Educational Development, 28 (6). pp. 628-639. ISSN 0738-0593

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Past decades have seen a growing assumption worldwide that national governments should provide ‘English for Everyone’ (EFE) as a core component of their school curricula. Personal and national benefits expected from such English provision are generally expressed in terms of developing learners’ abilities to communicate in English. Despite enormous financial and human investment, actual outcomes are often disappointing. One reason for this, in many contexts, is policy makers’ wholesale appropriation of ‘native speakerist’ (Holliday, A., 2005. The Struggle to Teach English as an International Language. Oxford University Press, Oxford). EFE curriculum rhetoric and teaching-learning outcomes, without adequate consideration of the demands made on English teachers’ existing professional understandings and practices.

A new phase of international activity is urgently required in which national EFE curriculum outcomes are readjusted to more closely ‘fit’ existing contextual realities and priorities, and teacher educator capacity is developed in a manner that will enable most classroom teachers to help most learners feel that their language-learning efforts are worthwhile.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 Elsevier B.V. This is an author produced version of a paper published in International Journal of Educational Development. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Education (Leeds)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2008 09:49
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:05
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2007.08.002
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ijedudev.2007.08.002
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4925

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