English as an International Language: an Attitudinal Approach

  • Gregory Trifonovitch


Cultural attitudes are manifested in many ways, but one of the most prominent means is through language communication. As English assumes the role of an international language, it is important to look at the attitudes which are transmitted by its speakers, whether they be native speakers or non-native ones, and to become aware of the dangers of some attitudes which prevail. Those involved in teaching the language need to become cognizant of its new international role and of the attitudes which develop around English. In my exploration of these attitudes, I shall draw heavily on my own personal experience in learning English (as a seventh language), in using it as an international and intranational language, and in teaching it as a second language.


Native Speaker Native English Speaker Language Communication Cultural Attitude International Language 
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Notes to Chapter 13

  1. 1.
    Fukuzawa Yukichi, The Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa, trans. by Elichi Kiyooka, Tokyo, The Hokuseido Press, 1960:98.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Mohandas K. Gandhi, An Autobiography, Boston, Beacon Press, 1957:42.Google Scholar

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© The Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange between East and West 1981

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