Competence and Teaching English as an International Language

| September 30, 2005
Title
Competence and Teaching English as an International Language

Keywords: Linguistic Competence, Communicative Competence, EIL, English as a International Language, Corpora

Authors
Roger Nunn
International Studies Department of Kochi University, Japan

Bio Data
Roger Nunn has been a language teacher for over 29 years in six different countries, including more than 20 years in Asia. He is currently Professor of ELT in the International Studies Department of Kochi University, Japan. He has a Trinity College TEFL diploma, an MA and Ph.D. in TEFL from the University of Reading, UK. His Ph.D. study was on teaching methodology and curriculum development across cultural boundaries. He has published widely on a variety of topics and is particularly interested in international perspectives on language teaching.

Abstract
Roger Nunn considers different types of competence in relation to the teaching of English as an International Language, arguing that linguistic competence has yet to be adequately addressed in recent considerations of EIL. The paper first discusses the need to reconsider the scope of ‘communicative competence’ and then goes on to consider other kinds of competence relevant to EIL including linguistic competence. It critically examines demographic descriptions of World English use in relation to competence and discusses the kinds of competence that are embodied in the corpora that are currently being used for the development of teaching materials. This paper is intended to stimulate discussion in the Asian EFL journal about ‘competence’ and the teaching of English as an International Language.

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Category: Quarterly Journal, Volume 7 Issue 3