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Reconceptualizing English Education in a Multilingual Society

English in the Philippines

  • Isabel Pefianco Martin


  • Challenges traditional assumptions of the English language as monolithic and unchanging

  • Opposes a neutral, de-contextualized approach to English-language teaching and learning in the Philippines

  • Presents changing realities of the English language and how it should be taught and learned in the Philippines


Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 13)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. English: Policy, Ideology, and Identity

  4. Teaching English, Teaching in English

  5. Synthesis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211

About this book


This book brings together chapters that describe, investigate, and analyze the place of English in education in multilingual Philippines. Unlike most studies on languages in education, which take a neutral, de-contextualized stance, this volume take a pluricentric view of the English language by positioning it in relation to its varieties, as well as to other languages in the country. Because of the changing realities of English in the Philippines, traditional assumptions about the language as monolithic and unchanging, as well as about how it should be taught and learned, need to be revisited and re-conceptualized.


English in the Philippines English language education English language learning English language teaching Language planning and policy Multilingual education Philippine Language Education Second language acquisition Second language learning multilingual society

Editors and affiliations

  • Isabel Pefianco Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishAteneo de Manila UniversityQuezon CityPhilippines

About the editors

Isabel Pefianco Martin is an associate professor and chair of the Department of English at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. She is a leading figure in English-language studies in the country, having published in various internationally recognized publications on topics ranging from world Englishes, Philippine English, English-language education, English sociolinguistics and language policy to forensic linguistics, and language and law studies. She has held longtime leadership positions in the Linguistic Society of the Philippines (LSP) and now serves as an advisor on the LSP board. She has served and continues to serve in private and government institutions that are concerned with upgrading English-language education in the Philippines.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reconceptualizing English Education in a Multilingual Society
  • Book Subtitle English in the Philippines
  • Editors Isabel Pefianco Martin
  • Series Title English Language Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title English Language Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-7526-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-3961-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-7528-5
  • Series ISSN 2213-6967
  • Series E-ISSN 2213-6975
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 226
  • Number of Illustrations 20 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
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