Welcome to the Second Issue of The Warwick ELT!
We are pleased to present the second issue of The Warwick ELT e-zine. Whilst still a new venture, we are very excited about the e-zine and its potential growth in the future. This undertaking is largely the brainchild of Masters students from the English Language Teaching course at the University of Warwick, although we are grateful for the support and interest of the Centre for Applied Linguistics more broadly, both staff and fellow students. Furthermore, we wish to underline that we welcome contributors from anywhere who feel that they have something of value to contribute in the area of English language teaching.
One of the many positives about studying at the University of Warwick is the diverse nature of the backgrounds of students. This is particularly the case with regard to the MA in English Language Teaching, for which we feel very thankful. We believe that this can only be of benefit to all of us as we look to evaluate and grow in our understanding, both of our own practice and the wider profession. The opportunity to gain an insight into new perspectives has thus far been of great value. With this in mind, we are very happy that the January 2017 issue of ‘the Warwick ELT’ contains the voices of contributors from a number of distinct backgrounds.
Georgia Dimitrakopoulou in her article ‘The Status of English and Other Foreign Languages in the Greek Educational Context’ outlines the role of English within Greek education, as well as that of other foreign languages, considering the attitudes of the Greek public. Wong Hei Yu (Hayley) in her article ‘The Status, Roles and Attitudes of Biliteracy and Trilingualism in Hong Kong’ examines the contrasting fortunes of the English, Cantonese and Mandarin languages within the unique context of Hong Kong. Komila Tangirova in her article ‘The Status of English and Russian in Uzbekistan’ describes the changes over time that have taken place in Uzbekistan with regard to the roles played by the English and Russian languages. The final article ‘Status of the English Language in Venezuela: Current Curricular Implementation’ by Maricarmen B. Gamero M. focuses on the role played by the English language in education in Venezuela, looking at changes that have taken place in official government policy.
For ease of access, each of the articles can be found hyperlinked below:
- The Status of English and other Foreign Languages in the Greek Educational Context by Georgia Dimitrakopoulou
- The Status, Roles and Attitudes of Biliteracy and Trilingualism in Hong Kong by Wong Hei Yu (Hayley)
- The Status of English and Russian in Uzbekistan by Komila Tangirova
- Status of the English Language in Venezuela: Current Curricular Implementation by Maricarmen B. Gamero M.
It is our hope that the articles included will be of benefit to those who read them in providing a different perspective and helping them to more fully understand the role played by the English language internationally. We sincerely welcome any comments which the content of the e-zine may inspire, in the hope that they might lead to open academic debate.
Finally, we would like to thank all of those whose effort has gone into the creation of this edition of the e-zine.
Saifa Haque and Henry Pickup.