Welcome to the first Issue of ‘The Warwick ELT’!
It is our immense pleasure to come up with the first issue of the e-zine, ‘The Warwick ELT’ through our united effort. We, The Warwick ELT team hope we all will be able to initiate healthy academic discussion and disseminate our learnings on ELT practices, concerns and some research issues through this forum. Before leaving our own countries or the counties in UK, we had never thought that we could begin this publication voyage in Warwick. But now with the guidance of our tutors from the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL), the University of Warwick and the support and contribution from our friends from CAL, it has been possible to bring this issue out. And this e-zine in the present form is the replica of our joint concerted effort which we could offer you on the eve of Happy New Year 2017.
Most of us are studying at the University of Warwick after serving as teacher and teacher educators in different contexts and some of us are new and equally interested in exploring recent ELT trends, perspective and practices. We all have uniquely untold ELT stories and perspectives, maybe some are backed by some theories too. We will let the world know our multicultural experience, perspectives and practices from Warwick. Oftentimes, we will also provide this space if any other ELT practitioners from any parts of the world want to contribute to our forum. We will be more than happy to welcome any relevant contributions.
As announced for the call for papers, for this issue we have selected a theme ‘English in the Globe: What, How and Why is it?’, in which 6 authors from Senegal, Brazil, South Sudan, China and Iran have contributed their articles. They have given a clear picture of the roles and status of English and other languages in their countries.
Oumar Djigo in his article ‘The Status of English and Other Languages in Senegal’ presents a description of the different facts and events which characterized the insertion of English as a Lingua Franca and French as an official language, and how these have influenced the use of local languages in Senegal. Similarly, Mirian Fuhr in her article ‘An Overview on the Study of English and Other Languages in Brazil’ describes and discusses people’s attitudes towards both English and other languages, such as German and Spanish, looking at some aspects of their status and roles in Brazil. Julius Onen Ogot Daniel in his article ‘English and Other Languages in Sudan’ shows the position of English, what English did and is still doing in the daily activities of the government and other development partners, education and media sectors and what the population say about English. In the article ‘English and Korean in China: How do Chinese People Perceive?’, Shizheng Liu (Wallace) discusses the spread of these languages since both are considered as foreign languages in China and briefly discuss the attitude of Chinese people towards English. Last but not least, Mehdi Gholikhan in his article ‘Foreign Language Education in Iran’ gives the picture of the foreign language situation of Iran through some historical details and discusses the assessment system adopted to measure language education in Iran.
For your comfort, we have hyperlinked the articles below
- The Status of English and Other Languages in Senegal by Oumar Djigo
- An Overview on the Study of English and Other Languages in Brazil by Mirian Fuhr
- English and Other Languages in Sudan by Julius Onen Okot Daniel
- English and Korean in China: How do Chinese People Perceive? by Shizheng Liu (Wallace)
- Foreign Language Education in Iran by Mehdi Gholikhan
Finally, we would like to thank especially, Richard Smith who made us think the theme of this issue critically at first in the form of our first exploratory task for Research Methodology in ELT module. This analytical perspective of reviewing articles on this theme has made it possible to come up as a collection of articles in this issue. Similarly, we would like to thank Steve Mann, Annamaria Pinter and Jo Gakonga for their suggestions while we were in the process of setting it up. Thanks also goes to all our tutors from CAL who are the only source of inspiration for everything we do and who have been helping us to have wider and critical perspectives on ELT issues and current trends. Equally, we would like to thank the Hornby Trust and British Council in enabling us to be together from different countries in the University of Warwick as a result, most of the scholars are working for this forum now.
Finally, we would like to offer you this uniquely articulated ELT gift on the eve of a very Happy New Year 2017.
Wishing you a very productive and happy New Year 2017!
Sagun Shrestha, Maricarmen Gamero and Frazer Smith