English as an International Language in Asia: Implications for Language Education

  • Andy Kirkpatrick
  • Roland Sussex

Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Andy Kirkpatrick, Roland Sussex
    Pages 1-12
  3. Education

  4. Communication and Lingua Francas

  5. Languages and Cultures in Contact

  6. Norms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 189-189
    2. Roland Sussex, Andy Kirkpatrick
      Pages 223-231
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-243

About this book


Even as Anglophone power wanes in Asia, and China and India rise, the role of the English language in the region continues to develop. How are students in Asian nations such as Vietnam, Malaysia and China itself being taught English? This much-needed overview analyzes the differing language education policies of selected countries that also include Indonesia, Japan and Sri Lanka. Noting ASEAN’s adoption of English as its sole working language, it traces the influence of globalization on English language education in Asia: in many systems, it pushes local languages off the curriculum and is taught as a second language after the national one.

Informed by a comprehensive review of current research and practice in English teaching in Asia, this volume considers the many different roles English is playing across the region, as well as offering an informed assessment of the prospects of English—and Chinese—being a universal language of communication.


ASEAN Charter Asian Englishes Contrasting language policies Different language and education polices English as an international language in Asia English in multicultural and multilingual Indonesian education Lingua francas as language ideologies Switching in international English World Englishes

Editors and affiliations

  • Andy Kirkpatrick
    • 1
  • Roland Sussex
    • 2
  1. 1., School of Languages and LinguisticsGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  2. 2.AnsteadAustralia

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