The Representation of a Variety of Speakers in EIL Teaching Materials

It is important that the materials used in class represent both native and non-native speakers, particularly those similar to learners themselves. Such an inclusive representation represents the profile of English users more accurately and helps learners develop a more realistic expectation about their future interlocutors. Aya Matsuda in Lubna Alsagoff, et. al (2002: p. 175) […]

In EIL, which variety of English should the material be based on?

  The dominant instructional model(s) of the course should be selected according to the goal of the curriculum and the needs of students, and the varieties of English represented in the teaching materials should match the focus of the course. In many cases, American or British English – the two most popular choices for instructional […]