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This research report presents ‘bottom-up’ perspectives on teacher and learner attitudes to varieties of English across five global contexts (China, Thailand, India, Spain and Turkey). Data was gathered through focus groups and classroom recordings with the aim of gauging how practitioners and their learners perceive current issues relating to models, varieties and targets around the teaching of English. While the authors found that a ‘native speaker’ hegemony continues to exist, they also discovered that World Englishes alternatives appeal to both teachers and learners of English. The report concludes with a research agenda and recommendations for pedagogy.

Authors: Tony Young, Steve Walsh and Alina Schartner

This research paper is free to download below as a pdf file.