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Englishes in Multilingual Contexts

Language Variation and Education

  • Ahmar Mahboob
  • Leslie Barratt

Part of the Multilingual Education book series (MULT, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Ahmar Mahboob
    Pages 1-12
  3. Issues of Language Variation in Education

  4. Pedagogical Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Ahmar Mahboob, Lydia Dutcher
      Pages 117-136
    3. J. R. Martin, Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen
      Pages 137-163
    4. Tamara Lucas, Luciana C. de Oliveira, Ana María Villegas
      Pages 219-230

About this book


The English language has always existed alongside other languages. However, the last 200 years have shown a dramatic increase in the range, extent and context of contact between English and other languages. As a result of this contact, we find marked variations in Englishes around the world. Englishes in Multilingual Contexts: Language Variation and Education explores how these variations relate to issues in English language teaching and learning. The first part of this book includes chapters of importance in studying English language variation in the context of education. The second part builds on an understanding of variation and identifies pedagogical possibilities that respect language variation and yet empower English language learners in diverse contexts. Together, the chapters in this volume allow readers to develop a broad understanding around issues of language variation and to recognise pedagogical implications of this work in multilingual contexts.

“This book provides a rich collation of material dealing with the implications of dialect variation for the teaching of the English language, as well as the use of genre-based teaching in the classroom. Many students and teachers who are keen to know about issues that arise with different varieties of English around the world will find the book exceptionally informative, and furthermore the practical advice for developing genre-based teaching will be valued by many trainee and practicing teachers.” David Deterding, University of Brunei, Darussalam, Brunei


Accent and ethics Caribbean Creole English English as a Lingua Franca English in Cameroon Forensic linguistics and language teaching From spoken to written language Language proficiency Language variation and language teaching Learning about forensic linguistics SFL theory TESOL Teaching the expanding universe of Englishes World Englishes

Editors and affiliations

  • Ahmar Mahboob
    • 1
  • Leslie Barratt
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Dept. of Langs, Lits & Lings.Indiana State UniversityTerre HauteUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Englishes in Multilingual Contexts
  • Book Subtitle Language Variation and Education
  • Editors Ahmar Mahboob
    Leslie Barratt
  • Series Title Multilingual Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title Multilingual Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-017-8868-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-0140-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-8869-4
  • Series ISSN 2213-3208
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-3216
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 238
  • Number of Illustrations 36 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Applied Linguistics
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


"This is a well-conceived, highly readable and timely collection. The book tackles questions that are increasingly emerging as central to the future of English language teaching: namely, how ‘Englishes’ are to be conceptualised, their variations mapped and their implications for language teaching and learning understood. Keeping these questions in play throughout, the collection draws on a diversity of international contexts, case studies and relevant methodologies. The chapters include studies in the sociolinguistics of language variation, bringing out the social and ethical implications of this variation for educators, and studies that highlight the practical applications that ensue for the teaching and learning of Englishes. For the reader this twin focus and progression is of great value in bringing out the complexity of variation through a diversity of nuanced studies while at the same time tying these to the practical implications for teachers and learners." (Jonathan Crichton, University of South Australia, Australia)