Academic Activities

MOST Seminar: Humanities and Social Science


From Globalization to Localization: Rethinking English Language Teaching in
Response to the ELF Phenomenon

Prof.  Wenli Tsou, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, National
Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
使用語言: 英文
地點:輔仁大學聖言樓9F, SF901教室
主辦單位:科技部人文與社會研究中心 天主教輔仁大學外語學院
Along with globalization, English has established itself as the world's
common language for academic and business interactions, becoming the
international language of choice, or lingua franca (Bambose, 2001; Graddol,
2006 ; Murata & Jenkins, 2009). Meanwhile, a recent phenomenon, commonly
known as English as a lingua franca (ELF), has ushered in a paradigm shift
in which the status of the native-speaking English as the Standard, as the
perfect language model, has been rethought, thus leading to gradual
acceptance, or legitimization, of localized varieties of English (Murata &
Jenkins, 2009). This new perceptive is  revolutionary in that non-native
speakers of English are empowered: no longer are the non-native speakers  of
English "learners" but "international users;" no longer are localized use of
the English language  viewed  as errors or deficiencies; rather, they are
unique  varieties with their own rights (Mauranen, 2007).

The phenomenon of ELF shares some common grounds to  the notion of
glocalization, a concept popularize by Sociologist Robertson (1995), and
referring to "the simultaneity- the co-presence-of both universalizing  and
particularizing tendencies" (Robertson, 1995: 25).  The phenomenon of ELF
and glocalization have several  implications concerning ESP teaching in
Taiwan. In  order to understand how glocalization has affected  ESP
education on the island, this talk first examines  how ESP education in
Taiwan has responded to globalization,  before moving on to discuss
glocalization of the  English language, where the phenomenon is most
visible,   then extending the discussion of glocalization to   ESP education
and pedagogy. Finally the implications of glocalization on ESP teaching in
Taiwan will be  discussed. In response, this talk purposes that the
glocalization approach may provide some insights into the practice of ESP
teaching under the phenomenon of ELF , and help Taiwan's English users find
a legitimate role in
which they can contribute.

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