Teaching English across cultures: What do English language teachers need to know to know how to teach English?

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Kirkpatrick, Andy
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Paul Mercieca, Toni Dobinson and Katie Dunworth

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2007
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This article contains four sections. The first introduces and sets the context for the article in its entirety, the second section presents the first context, the Indonesian culture-based English project, the third section presents context 2, the Hong Kong situation, and the final section is titled 'The implications for what a language teacher needs to know'. In this article I shall consider whether it is possible to determine the skills and attributes required by English language teachers irrespective of the contexts in which they are teaching by comparing very different ELT situations in Indonesia and Hong Kong. First I shall describe how an Australian-funded and led research project into the development of culturally appropriate ELT materials for Indonesian tertiary students was modified and shaped by local Indonesian teachers and writers. The second context concerns the current ELT situation in Hong Kong and the implications of Hong Kong's trilingual language policy on what and how English teachers should teach in Hong Kong's government schools. A suggested list of the specific skills and knowledge an English teacher should possess concludes the article.

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English Australia Journal

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23

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2

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© 2007 English Australia. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.

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