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English Language Education Policy in Asia

  • Robert Kirkpatrick


  • Comprehensive studies cover all aspects of English language education policy in Asia, from policy to practical application in schools

  • Clear assessments of current policies and future trends, expertly drafted by specialists

  • A critical read for educational researchers, policy makers, and curriculum developers ?


Part of the Language Policy book series (LAPO, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Robert Kirkpatrick, Thuy Thi Ngoc Bui
    Pages 1-23
  3. M. Obaidul Hamid, Elizabeth J. Erling
    Pages 25-48
  4. Hema Ramanathan
    Pages 113-126
  5. Gregory Paul Glasgow, Daniel Leigh Paller
    Pages 153-180
  6. Syed Abdul Manan, Maya Khemlani David, Francisco Perlas Dumanig
    Pages 219-244
  7. Marilu Rañosa Madrunio, Isabel Pefianco Martin, Sterling Miranda Plata
    Pages 245-264
  8. Jeehyae Chung, Taehee Choi
    Pages 281-299
  9. Dilini Chamali Walisundara, Shyamani Hettiarachchi
    Pages 301-332
  10. John Macalister
    Pages 333-343
  11. Amrita Kaur, David Young, Robert Kirkpatrick
    Pages 345-361

About this book


This volume offers comprehensive 'state-of-the-art' overviews of educational policies concerning the teaching of English in a large number of Asian countries. Each contribution is written by a leading expert and gives a clear assessment of current policies and future trends. Starting with a description of the English education policies in the respective countries, the contributors then delve into the 'nuts and bolts' of the English education policies and how they play out in practice in the education system, in schools, in the curriculum, and in teaching. Topics covered include the balance between the acquisition of English and the national language, political, cultural, economic and technical factors that strengthen or weaken the learning of English.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Kirkpatrick
    • 1
  1. 1.English FacultyGulf University of Sci & TechnologyHawallyKuwait

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title English Language Education Policy in Asia
  • Editors Robert Kirkpatrick
  • Series Title Language Policy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Language Policy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-22463-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79400-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-22464-0
  • Series ISSN 1571-5361
  • Series E-ISSN 2452-1027
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 388
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Educational Policy and Politics
    Applied Linguistics
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“In this ‘age of English’, Robert Kirkpatrick’s timely book outlines the realities, possibilities and challenges of English-language policies in 16 Asian countries. It will be of interest to policymakers, curriculum and course designers, researchers and language teachers. … this collection provides important information about English-language education policies and practices today. Although it deals with Asian settings, I believe it is also relevant for non-anglo-phone and post-colonial contexts elsewhere.” (Pramod Kumar Sah, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, March, 2017)

“English Language Education Policy in Asia presents an in-depth introduction to the development and challenges of English-language education policies of 15 countries and a region (Hong Kong China) in Asia. The volume explores the issue of language policy from the perspectives of sociopolitical, economic, and linguistic shifts, providing a guide to the realities of English-language policies in Asia. … this book will serve as an excellent reference for students, teachers, and researchers in English-language education policy in Asia.” (Xiaoqin Yin, Comparative Education Review, November, 2016)

“This book provides an excellent overview of the language education policies in most of Asia. … this book serves to remind us of the complexities of educational policy planning in a dynamic region like Asia. Policy-makers would find this book a valuable resource for future challenges in policy planning and implementation, especially the teaching of English in a multilingual context.” (Esther Boucher-Yip, Current Issues in Language Planning, Vol. 18 (2), August, 2016) 

“Kirkpatrick’s new edited book presents a distinctive and timely volume on the developments and challenges of English language education in Asian countries. Given its highly informative nature, it would be a good reference book for policy-makers, curriculum designers, language teachers and graduate students to read for history and facts of English language education policy development in Asia. … book is well presented and theoretically based and offers a very good combination of hapters on policies and practices in various countries.” (Danping Wang, The Journal of Asia TEFL, Vol. 13 (2), 2016)