David Nunan is chair professor of applied linguistics and director of the English Centre at the University of Hong Kong.
The Impact of English as a Global Language on Educational Policies and Practices in the Asia-Pacific Region*
Article first published online: 4 JAN 2012
2003 TESOL International Association
Volume 37, Issue 4, pages 589–613, Winter 2003
How to Cite
NUNAN, D. (2003), The Impact of English as a Global Language on Educational Policies and Practices in the Asia-Pacific Region. TESOL Quarterly, 37: 589–613. doi: 10.2307/3588214
This study is based on a Spotlight Presentation given at the 36th Annual TESOL Convention, April 2002, in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States. It was stimulated by an invitational conference on research priorities in TESOL, sponsored by the TESOL International Research Foundation in February 2002. During the conference, the need for research into the impact of English as a global language emerged as a major theme. (For a detailed review of this and other issues covered at this conference, see Duff & Bailey, 2001.)
- Issue published online: 4 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 4 JAN 2012
This article presents the results of an investigation into the place of English in the curriculum in several countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The study indicates that the emergence of English as a global language is having considerable impact on policies and practices in all countries surveyed. However, it also reveals significant problems, including confusion and inconsistency, at the level of policy, particularly regarding the issue of age of initial instruction, inequity regarding access to effective language instruction, inadequately trained and skilled teachers, and a disjunction between curriculum rhetoric and pedagogical reality.