English only? inda kali eh! (not likely!) - Changing the paradigm

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O'Hara Davies, Breda 2011, 'English only? inda kali eh! (not likely!) - Changing the paradigm', Asian EFL Journal, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 288-299.
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We live in an era of accelerated change and innovation which demands that we adapt and evolve or risk obsolescence and exclusion. This paper traces the path of English language teaching (ELT) since its inception. It examines some of the underlying theories that have guided its policies and practices at classroom level. It also questions whether ELT has kept pace with linguistic and other developments on a wider societal scale. Using an autoethnographic approach, the paper traces the parallel journey of the author in her role as an English language teacher in Brunei Darussalam. It aims at providing a reflexive account of the ways in which critical engagement with theory have impacted her attitudes, practices and ongoing evolution as a professional.
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