Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Outline of Larry Smith's Lectures

UNIT 1 Larry Smith’s Lectures
I. My Current Perspective on EIL
* Historical Perspectives
* Key Concepts
* Future of English as an International Fu
* Language and Further Studies

II. Development of EIL Concept in the 70s
* East West Center Participants from Asia, the Pacific, and the United West Center Participants from Asia, the Pacific, and the United States
* They could understand me and I could understand them BUT
* They couldn’t understand tEACH OTHER
* WRONG ASSUMTION: If I study a variety of native speaker native speaker English and become more and more like that native speaking variety, I will be able to understand those from all other countries and will be understood by them.

III. New Principle:

If we want people to be able to If we want people to be able to understand the
English of people from understand the English of people from another country, we
need to give them another country, we need to give them opportunities to hear
speakers from those opportunities to hear speakers from those countries using
English

IV. Changes in the Last 30 Years Changes in the Last 30 Years •

* EIL to to World World Englishes
* Kachru’s Three Circles
* Increase in acceptance of Types of Native Speakers

UNIT 2
I. Controversies
* Total Number of English Users
* Definition of Definition of “fluent”
* EIL as Instrument of Neo EIL as Instrument of Neo-colonialism and colonialism and Linguistic Imperialism

II. Question of Intelligibility •
Possibly that speakers of different varieties of English will soon become unintelligible to one another. (Past, Present, Future)
(Past, Present, Future)
Dimensions of Understanding
• 1. Intelligibility
• 2. Comprehensibility
• 3. Interpretability

UNIT 3


III. Miscommunication Prevention
* Literatures in World Literatures in World Englishes
* Professional Associations
* Future of English: English will be replaced as the primary language of international communication
When?
What?


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