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American Journal of Educational Research. 2014, 2(12C), 4-7
DOI: 10.12691/EDUCATION-2-12C-2
Research Article

From Western English to Global English: Issues in Cultural and Pragmatic Instruction

Josiah Gabriel Hunt1,

1Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Cavite, Philippines

Pub. Date: December 14, 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Philosophy of education: contemporary perspectives)

Cite this paper

Josiah Gabriel Hunt. From Western English to Global English: Issues in Cultural and Pragmatic Instruction. American Journal of Educational Research. 2014; 2(12C):4-7. doi: 10.12691/EDUCATION-2-12C-2

Abstract

This paper examines the impact globalization has had on the English language. As English has arisen to become the de facto official language of over 90 nations, the question is asked: Whose culture should be taught in language classrooms? It is suggested that cultural instruction should not be limited to that of Western nations, but must be globally inclusive taking into account diverse perspectives. In doing so, language learners develop the communicative competence needed to effectively interact in cross-cultural exchanges.

Keywords

globalization, English, cultural competence, nativization, openness

Copyright

Creative CommonsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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