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Type: Journal article
Title: The english language and cultural appropriateness
Author: Misso, V.
Maadad, N.
Citation: Sosiohumanika: Junal Pendidikan Sains Sosial dan Kemanusiaan, 2011; 4(2):111-128
Publisher: Association of Indonesian Scholars of History Education
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1907-7939
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Vanessa Misso and Nina Maadad
Abstract: English language acquisition needs to be taught from a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural perspective, with the right teaching materials, when pursuing cultural sensitivity and equality. After a brief historical overview and an explanation of the various definitions associated with English language acquisition, English is described in its multiple varieties. It is increasingly contended that non-native English speakers outnumber native speakers in a rapidly globalising world. Case studies are used to justify the need for culturally appropriate teaching materials and the challenges that exist. Change has been slow in addressing the inadequacies in current teaching materials and this paper concludes by suggesting some bottom-up approaches will transform the teaching pedagogy and teachers’ attitudes. The professional development of teachers, together with the support of enlightened linguistic researchers can perhaps lead to an educational philosophy that cuts across colour, creed and race to bring about success to language learners. Thus, creating a better understanding of the English language in the context of cultural appropriateness.
Keywords: english language; non-native English speakers; bottom-up approaches; better understanding of the English language
Rights: Copyright © Sosio Humanika. 2011.
RMID: 0020117755
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